Essay Sexual Abuse And Its Effects On Society

924 Words Nov 25th, 2014 4 Pages
Sexual abuse is a prominent problem occurring in our society everyday. Sexual abuse can be defined as any sexual activity that is not consented by the victim. The perpetrator may use force, make threats, or take advantage of those that cannot give consent. In nearly all cases, the victim knows the perpetrator (Sexual Abuse, 2014). The sexual abuse of children specifically has become an immense concern in the community. Shocking statistics reveal that approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 (Raising awareness about sexual abuse, 2014). However, sexual abuse is one of the most under reported crimes, where over 30% of cases are left unreported (Statistics about child sexual abuse, n.d.). Victims tend to avoid disclosing the sexual abuse because of fear, shock, self-blame, or even denial that what they endured is considered sexual abuse. So the disclosure could be very delayed, if they choose to tell anyone at all. The long-term effects of sexual abuse can be detrimental. Many victims experience numerous emotions of fear, shame, and guilt. There is also strong evidence of previous victims of sexual abuse experiencing psychological distress or developing a psychological disorder. In fact, one study showed that 80% of 21-year-olds who reported childhood sexual abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder (Silverman, Reinherz, & Giaconia, 1996.) One of the most common disorders they may suffer from is depression…

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