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The Issue of Child Sexual Abuse

Which one of your friends or family members have experienced child sexual abuse?

If you answered none, you need to think again.

The facts may startle you.

1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

It can happen to anyone - even a child you know and love. Even your own child.

Shame, embarrassment, fear, confusion.

All create a culture that enables abuse.


For more about the
cost of abuse, check out the
Economic Impact Calculator

The emotional cost in incalculable.

Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, depression, substance abuse, relationship problems, and suicide.

Child sexual abuse is not the problem of one socio-economic status, culture, race, religion, or gender. It impacts every community and every person across the globe.


Victims of childhood sexual abuse don’t just suffer emotionally. They suffer physically.

Obesity, heart disease, stroke.

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences.

But as a society, we often lack the ability to recognize child sexual abuse. We don't know enough about it to prevent it, or respond when it occurs.

Learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it.

Read the 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM to learn simple, proactive steps you can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Talking about it helps prevent it.

We make sure our children are in car seats and seat belts. We walk them across busy streets. We ask our teens where they are going and who they will be with. We take so many precautions to keep them safe. Yet, when it comes to talking about sexual abuse, we often fall silent. Darkness to Light will help you find the right words to have conversations which protect and empower your family. 

Getting involved helps prevent it.

Learn about the issue, become an advocate, volunteer, or provide financial support. Just get involved! Becoming actively involved in the mission to end childhood sexual abuse is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.

If childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped.

We envision a world free of child sexual abuse. Help us make it a reality, and bring communities from darkness to light.