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Secondary Victims

Secondary Victims

If a friend or loved one of yours was assaulted, rob or abused, or was a victim of any crime --- you are a secondary victim . Secondary victims often feel anger, guilt, and hopelessness, but feel that since they were not the primary victim, they should...
Survivor Resources for Parents of Victims

Survivor Resources for Parents of Victims

As a parent, you have an important role in helping your child recover from sexual abuse. Contrary to popular belief, sexual abuse is not a rare occurrence nor is it confined to any one social class, ethnic group or religious background.  It can...
A Dozen Ways to Help

A Dozen Ways to Help

Educate yourself about sexual abuse/rape and the healing process. If you have a basic idea of what your child is going through, it will help you to be supportive. Talk with other survivors and parents of survivors. Many are willing to share what...
Sexual Abuse - What Parents Can Do

Sexual Abuse - What Parents Can Do

Helping Your Child Recover from Abuse. As a parent, your role in to help your child and yourself through this difficult experience. Your role in helping your child recover is crucial. They will need your ongoing support, belief and protection. It...
What Behaviors or Signs Might You See in a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused?

What Behaviors or Signs Might You See in a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused?

There is no one sign or behavior for absolute proof that sexual abuse has occurred, but it often believed you should consider the possibility of sexual abuse when one or several of these signs or behaviors are present. Physical Signs Scratches,...
Who Are the Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse?

Who Are the Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse?

The legal definitions of child sexual abuse usually require that the perpetrator be older than the victim. For example, in Maryland perpetrators must be at least four years older than their victims for the behavior to be considered child sexual abuse. ...