Survivors, you are NOT alone
Recent media attention around the sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable young people, by well known popular celebrities in our country, has served the purpose of bringing the subject of childhood sexual abuse into the public domain such a way that can no longer be ignored or brushed under the proverbial carpet
Those of us who are more familiar and knowledgeable around the issue of CSA either through personal experience ,or on a professional level, welcome and celebrate the recent media attention, as we believe that it is acting as a catalyst to exposing this final taboo and horrendous crime against children and humanity
Reactions to this exposure vary from shock, disbelief, disgust, outrage to denial or disinterest. On the whole the general publics are appalled and sickened. Whichever stance we personally choose to take, there is no denying the facts.
These statistics are by no means a true reflection the scale of the problem that, as a society face in regards to the sexual abuse of our children and young people, the vast majority of abuse cases go unreported and are covered up by those who may know a child is, or has been abused but choose not to support the child, which is a very common reaction, particularly for abuse committed within the family unit.
Sexual abuse of children and young people is alive and active in the here and now, despite misguided perceptions, our innocent vulnerable young people are not being abused by middle-aged men in greasy overcoats, who tempt them with sweeties or jump out at them from behind bushes at the local park, but much worse than this, on the whole they are being systematically groomed and abused by smiling, happy, friendly faced adults who they know and trust.
Our service acknowledges and has a great deal of respect and admiration to the large national organisations and services who are working so effectively, on campaigns that are currently raising awareness of sexual abuse, particularly in the lives of young people. The present and future generations of children will hopefully be fortunate, to be equipped with the knowledge, vocabulary and means whereby they can recognise and report any instances of abuse or concerns they may personally have.
It will be many years before we have the statistics and factual evidence which will reflect the positive impact such organisations and such services will have. But it is very reassuring to know that the tide of ignorance, denial and inaction towards CSA has finally turned.