“I was a victim and a survivor. Now I am an OVERCOMER thanks to places like KCSARC and the Zacharias Center. They didn’t turn me away due to the fact that I had no insurance or money. Prior to being medically discharged from the Navy, I had no idea that resource centers like this even existed, let alone had sliding payment scales or could possibly offer services for free altogether.”
Did you know:
- 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18
- 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18
- An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today
- The average time for a victim to speak out is 22 years after the last incidence of abuse, but it can be much, much longer
- It is estimated that 86% of sexual abuse incidents perpetrated against 12-17 year olds have not been reported to legal authorities.
- Less than 36% of all sexual crimes are reported
- 12% percent of those reported crime result in arrest
- Only 6 out of 1,000 results in actual charges
For victims of childhood sexual abuse, the effects can be devastating both in the short- and long-term. Frequently reported short-term effects include fear, anxiety, depression, aggression, anger and hostility, and sexually inappropriate behaviour. Long-term effects include ongoing depression and anxiety, poor self-esteem, difficulty in trusting others, self-harm and suicide, a tendency toward revictimization, feelings of isolation and stigma, substance abuse, and a host other mental health problems (Browne & Finkelhor, 1986; Fergusson, McLeod, & Horwood, 2013; Paolucci, Genuis, & Violato, 2001).
Can you imagine how many more people these sexual abuse/assault resource centers could help if more people knew about their existence? We might not be able to eradicate these heinous crimes altogether, but we can definitely help alleviate the pain and suffering afterward.
Together We Can Bridge the Gap between Trauma Survivors and the Resources They Need
HOPE is aiming to have our own group of certified trauma-counselors who can meet with people via video or text. It’s a huge step to admit to yourself that you can no longer cope with what happened and need professional help. The reason why we need to offer this virtual service is due to the fact that because of lack of funding, most resource centers have waiting lists anywhere from 3-24 weeks long depending on their load. When a person is finally ready to receive help, the last thing they want to hear is that they have to wait even longer.
In the meantime, if you or someone you know needs immediate help, please refer to this number: 800.656.HOPE (4673)