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Sorting myth from fact: 96% of Children Who Report Sexual Abuse Are Telling the Truth

 

The child abuse scandal of Penn State exposed the myth of false accusations.  The first accuser of child abuse by Sandusky was denounced by many as lying.  Only when nine more victims stepped forward with similar accusations were the critics silenced.  But this leads to the awful situation where a victim has come forward and doesn't have the supporting testimony of other victims.  Does his accusation have less power? Should we believe that single victim?  My emphatic answer is Yes!

Read this amazing interview of Michael A. Stinson, MSPH, CHES Director of Prevention Services of the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a non-profit mental health agency focused on sexual abuse which provides useful instruction on how to identify risks and respond to child abuse.  It also provides knowledgeable tips when speaking with children.

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2011/12/22/96-percent-children-report-sexual-abuse-telling-truth/

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