According to The National Association for Adult Survivors of Abuse, it is conservatively estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually molested before they are 18 years old. This is 25% of the population. There are over 42 million survivors of sexual abuse in America.
Additionally, when we include physical violence, emotional trauma and neglect, the CDC now believes that close to 50% of our youth will experience some form of abuse or trauma before the age of 18. 60% are exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities.
Somewhere between 2/3 and 90% will never report the abuse. Some of them simply don’t recall (dissociate) the abuse. However, even abuse that isn’t recalled has a lifelong impact on the victim, their relationships, their health, and their ability to parent with kindness, nurturing, and patience. Because of this, abuse is increased exponentially to future generations.
I realize that these statistics are astonishing.
It is because of these statistics that most of our therapists have been taught to specialize in the treatment of trauma and abuse. We strongly believe that treating victims of trauma, one by one, we are contributing to the most important change that can be accomplished in our society – the cessation of abuse.