Childhood should be a safe place to grow up.
Unfortunately, many children do not experience childhood as safe. The hard reality: at least one in 10 children will be sexually abused by their eighteenth birthday. Child abuse is considered to be an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) that can negatively impact a victim emotionally, physically, and psychologically over the course of a lifetime. The consequences can be felt for years to come—in health, behavior, and life potential. It can mean a higher risk of chronic disease, suicide, increased drug use, and lower high school graduation rates.
To create safer communities for children, we must understand child abuse—what it is, how to recognize it, and how to report suspected abuse.
Watch the video to learn some of the facts about child abuse from a Pennsylvania survivor.