It is not the boogie man behind the bush or the stranger on the street. Most sexually abused children are abused by someone they know that are close to them—90 percent.

The damage being done due to the sexual abuse of children today and yesterday is overwhelming, and the statistics are off the charts. One in 10 children will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday; survivors can attest to the pain and trauma that lasts them a lifetime. The health cost to our society is in the billions of dollars annually—and we known today that drug addiction, PTSD, alcoholism, anxiety, depression, suicide and many other subsequent traumas can be the result of abuse as a child.

Yet the most egregious injustices against child sex abuse survivors happen each day in family courts.

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Maralee Maclean

Maralee Maclean

Child Advocate

Child advocate, domestic violence expert, national professional speaker, and author of PROSECUTED BUT NOT SILENCED: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children.


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