When I first heard the commercial on the radio, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never heard a public awareness campaign about child sexual abuse, but that’s exactly what it was, on behalf of the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. So, bravo, DCAC. Keep it up.
The public service announcement urged listeners to know the facts about child sexual abuse, and referred back to their website, where I found some sobering stats, including:
- In the United States, 15 children are sexually abused ever hour.
- 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys are sexually abused by their 18th birthday.
- Without treatment, one-third of abused and neglected children will eventually victimize their own children.