One in ten children has been sexually abused before their 18th birthday. That means one in ten adults is a survivor. It could be one of your friends, or a neighbor. It could be someone you know from your faith community, or sit next to in school meetings or on the bus. It could be you.
Sexual abuse usually happens in secret. For so many, the pain and shame of childhood abuse is then carried into adulthood, hidden inside.
But things often change when the unspoken is finally spoken. When the truth comes out. When stories are shared.
That’s what SHINE is all about. It’s a campaign to transform the conversation about child abuse. To bring the truth out of hiding.
It’s a nationwide movement to help survivors know they’re not alone. We do this by coming together as communities to hear stories of trauma become stories of triumph, and to affirm our fight against child abuse.
It’s an opportunity for all of us to be a light in our schools, our homes, our places of worship. To be someone that survivors can turn to. To let them know that abuse doesn’t get the last word.
When we celebrate how survivors thrive despite an experience of abuse, we help reduce the stigma and shame they may feel. We also let other survivors know they are not alone, that they can step out of the shadows, too.
As an adult survivor, how are you living life to the fullest? What has been the most important part of your healing journey? How can you SHINE in your community to stop abuse and help others heal?
Telling your story is just one way you can SHINE as a survivor of child sexual abuse (and it doesn’t have to be public). Here are some resources for all survivors, no matter where you are on your healing journey:
By submitting this form, I certify that I am over 18 years of age, have read the SHINE story-sharing guidelines, and agree to hold Children’s Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania and the National Children’s Alliance harmless from any outcome of my story and/or photo being shared. I understand that not all submissions may be shared.
Let us know by adding your name to our virtual SHINE Wall of Support. It’s just one way to show that you care—here are some others:
I can help fight the stigma of child sexual abuse and be a light for survivors. By submitting the form below, I give PennCAC permission to add my information to the virtual SHINE Wall of Support. I agree to receive email news and updates from PennCAC, and I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.
Nobody is alone in this. See the list of those who have taken a stand against child sexual abuse and are committed to being a light for survivors to turn to.
Be part of our virtual and remote 1-mile walk this September. It’s easy! We’re getting out into our communities to raise funds to directly benefit local Children’s Advocacy Centers. Join a team or start a team, and share your walk page. Ask your friends and family to donate to support the work of CACs that help survivors SHINE despite the trauma of abuse.
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