The miserable politics of rape at the highest level in our government are playing out today.  Once more, sexual violence is in the spotlight as America’s second recent Supreme Court nominee (Kavanaugh) is being questioned about horrid behaviors of a sexual nature.

This topic has few friends.  It remains under the surface until someone makes a painful accusation and the community accepts or rejects the accuser.

Our attention lately has been on the tens of million and hundreds of million dollar verdicts awarded to victims of church sanctioned child abuse (3 billion to date).  “Sanctioned” because it is the underlying reason for the large awards – the church more or less refused to address the abuse allowing it to happen and continue.

There is likely no conversation more ugly and uncomfortable than that of repeated trauma and rape of five and ten year old children.

While church related child sex abuse continues to receive more and more press, lawsuits and attention across American , it is important to recognize that an exponentially larger number of children are raped and traumatized in their homes by their caregivers with numbers likely in the tens of millions.

CASA guardian ad Litems, law enforcement officers, public health and child protection workers know that our youngest citizens are exponentially more likely to be raped in their homes than in their churches and are coming to know the lifelong sentence of trauma that comes from child rape & torture.  The World Health Organization defines torture as extended exposure to violence & deprivation.  All of the children I worked with in Child Protective Services had been tortured.

Half of the children (listen to INVISIBLE CHILDREN audiobook)…

 

That I worked with in child protection as a CASA guardian ad Litem were sexually abused.  One as young as two, several not yet four and the rest under ten years old when the abuse started.  The abuse always went on for extended periods and their mental health and behavioral problems from the abuse were a burden that caused them great distress as they grew into adulthood.  80% of youth aging out of foster care lead dysfunctional lives.

These articles, statistics and stories give a snapshot of abuse in America today;


The Epidemic of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse in the United States …

 

 

us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-epidemic-of-rape…child…united-states/book7125

 

“The authors clearly document the nee for special techniques when interviewing about sensitive sexual issues, and their defense of Russell’s prevalence rates is …

Sexual Assault Statistics | National Sexual Violence Resource Center …

 

 

https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics

 

Then, join the movement to end sexual violence in the United States through … rape as an adult (a); 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and …

Child rape: Police say man raped girl 250 times – USA Today

 

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/…raped…/645049001/

 

Sep 8, 2017 – Delaware police say the assault began when the girl was 12. Charges include rape, possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of …

Epidemic: America’s Trade in Child Rape – Kindle edition by Lori …

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Epidemic-Americas-Trade-Child-Rape-ebook/…/B075Y37YL…

 

Rating: 4.6 – ‎10 reviews

Editorial Reviews. Review. “I view Dr. Handrahan’s efforts to pull together the data surrounding childpornography and child sexual abuse that was scattered, …

Child Sexual Abuse Facts – The Children’s Assessment Center …

 

 

https://www.cachouston.org/child-sexual-abuse-facts/

 

FACT: Most people think of adult rape as a crime of great proportion and … African American childrenhave almost twice the risk of sexual abuse than white …

An Epidemiological Overview of Child Sexual Abuse – NCBI – NIH

 

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4311357/

 

by MM Singh – ‎2014 – ‎Cited by 43 – ‎Related articles

Europe, America, and Asia had prevalence rate of 9.2%, 10.1%, and 23.9%, … A total of 7,112 cases ofchild rape were reported during 2011 as equated to …

U.S. military fails to protect children from sexual abuse on bases, AP …

 

 

https://www.pbs.org/…/u-s-military-fails-to-protect-children-from-sexual-abuse-on-ba…

 

Mar 13, 2018 – A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of …

Child Rape Crisis in North America – Lori Handrahan – Medium

 

 

https://medium.com/…/child-rape-crisis-in-north-america-2dfe2f4898d0

 

Jul 11, 2016 – The illegal trade in children being raped and violently abused is at “a level of epidemic proportions” according to an internal Canadian …

Statistics | The Rape Crisis Center for Children and Adults

 

 

https://rapecrisis.com/statistics/

 

Find statistics on victim profiles, effects of rape, police reporting, offender profiles … Every 98 seconds, another American is sexual assaulted.1; 1 out of every 6 …

Sexual Assault Reports, Laws | Rape Statistics

 

 

www.sarsonline.org/resources-stats/reports-laws-statics

 

Rape statistics and laws for sexual assault in the U.S. and Maine. Child Abuse reports and sexual assault stats on convictions, reporting, and legal …

Child Sexual Abuse: Top 5 Countries With the Highest Rates

 

 

https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/child-sexual-abuse-top-5-countries-highest-rates-1436162

 

Feb 12, 2014 – IBTimesUK examines rates of CSA in India, United States, UK, South … One child is rapedin South Africa every three minutes, according to a …

Statistics on Child Sexual Abuse – ThoughtCo

 

 

https://www.thoughtco.com › Humanities › Issues › Women’s Issues

 

Mar 18, 2017 – Most perpetrators of child molestation, incest and child rape are … of child sexual abuse in the U.S. and its devastating long-term impact on a …

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child sexual abuse statistics – Darkness to Light

 

 

https://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/all_statistics_20150619.pdf

 

44% of rapes with penetration occur to children under age 18. Victims younger than 12 …. AfricanAmerican children have almost twice the risk of sexual abuse …

Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says …

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/14/us/catholic-church-sex-abuse-pennsylvania.html

 

Aug 14, 2018 – … look yet in the United States at child sexual abuse in the church. … It catalogs horrific instances of abuse: a priest who raped a young girl in …

30 Alarming Statistics That Show The Reality Of Sexual Violence In …

 

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/sexual-assault-statistics_us_58e24c14e4b0c777f78…

 

Apr 5, 2017 – 13: The percentage of female rape survivors who will attempt suicide. … of money rapecosts victims every year in the U.S., excluding child …

Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse – Committee for Children

 

 

https://www.cfchildren.org/policy-advocacy/child-sexual-abuse-prevention/

 

Child sexual abuse and assault currently affect 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 20 boys in the United States. … before age 18.1 Overall, it is estimated that a child is sexually abused every 8 minutes in the U.S.4 …Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

 

From Wikipedia; Cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priestsnuns and members of religious orders in the 20th and 21st centuries has been widespread and has led to many allegations, investigations, trials and convictions, as well as revelations about decades of attempts by the Church to cover up reported incidents.[1] The abused include boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14  (read more)

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