Tammy Lerner in The Morning Call:
US must deal with child sex-abuse epidemic
How severe do statistics have to become before people start talking and thinking about child sex abuse in real terms? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines tell us it is a public health epidemic, with one in four girls and one in six boys being victimized before age 18. Pennsylvania alone has more than 3.1 million victims. Nationally, it is more than 49 million. A child today has a greater chance of being sexually abused than of being in an automobile accident or breaking a bone.
Not just the US. Australian figures are appalingly comparible. Is there a larger public health issue?