it’s a hard subject to talk about or read about. And we hope that you never need this info. But its good to know just the same. This may be upsetting/triggering for some readers.
Littlewarriors.ca, “a national organization committed to the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse,” shares a variety of Canadian statistics on childhood sexual abuse: 1/3 of girls and 1/6 of boys will experience at some point, unwanted sexual touch. It is an unfortunate reality for many people and children all over the world, and Canada is no exception.
The news of the abuse is upsetting enough, but given that the majority of perpetrators are known to the child, the additional shock that a trusted individual could do such a thing can cause a shock so strong it becomes difficult to navigate next steps. So difficult, sometimes we forget the most important and pivotal step of all: validating the child’s experience.