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The casualties and fallout from COVID-19 are devastating and tragic. There is no question about that. But so, too, are the statistics about child sexual abuse.
To get to the next step in providing safety to all children is to acknowledge that preventing sexual abuse is a priority in the mission of the organization. For too long, sexual abuse has been a taboo subject hidden in the shadows, increasing the likelihood of the victimization of children.
Sexual exploration and play are a natural part of child sexual development. However, sometimes childhood sexual behaviors can become concerning.
Providing oversight to community-based programs at Independence House, Autumn Autumn Zerendow, armed with a masters in mental health counseling also supervises 12 team members who provide advocacy and counseling.
People who exploit children don’t care about their socioeconomic backgrounds; they simply care that they are children.
While the holiday season is often one of joy, sharing, family and love, many children and families who have experienced trauma face additional challenges.
These two organizations have contributed to the holiday season being filled with abundance, thanks, and joy for more than 175 families and nearly 300 children who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Barnstable High School graduate, Leandro De Oliveira, works as an interpreter helping providers and patients communicate better through the spoken and written word.
Article is in English and Portuguese.