It’s the devil you know

Rebecca S. Green in the The Journal Gazette:

According to national studies, as many as 93 percent of victims of childhood sexual or physical abuse were harmed by someone they knew.

It’s not the mythological bogey man in the bushes by the elementary school who poses the greatest risk to our children. It is the coach, the parent, the grandparent, the baby sitter.

The high percentage of children who know their abusers is often an uncomfortable fact for people to accept, Periera said.

Too many, though, are in denial.

“People believe that their circle is different than the circle in which sexual abuse happens,” Richison said. “People don’t want to believe, when it comes to them personally, that the people they know and trust would hurt their children.”

This article makes many more good points. Too many to quote here. Certainly worth reading.