Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist for the New York Times describes the powerless feeling of being abused as a child. “I have clear memories of three such episodes from my childhood, one of which involved a man who owned a store in my neighborhood. Not knowing at age 11 anything about reproduction (in 1952, expectant teachers had to take leave when they “showed”), I was terrified that I could become pregnant from having been forced to touch his penis. I had trouble sleeping, and I avoided the block where the store was. Yet, fearing that the assault was somehow my fault, I said nothing to my parents.” Read the article.
This is what it feels like. Children do not know how to respond or how to get help. Education is the only thing that changes this. Learn more about protecting children from sexual abuse as a parent and as an advocate.