1 in 10 American children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. There are approximately 42 million adult survivors living in the U.S. alone.1 This means that you know, and might even love, a survivor. This can be a tough subject to face, but there is good news: now that you know what your friends could be going through, you have the chance to be a changemaker. Your response could make all the difference for someone going through a tough time!
Listen to this story:
So what now?
If you or someone you know needs help, free, confidential services are available 24/7. You can call 1-866-FOR-LIGHT (367-5444) or text the word “LIGHT” to 741-741. If you don’t know whether someone you know is a survivor, consider learning more about the survivor experience so you can empathize. Think about the way you talk to your friends–are you supportive? Do they know that you’re there for them, and will listen to what they have to say?
Journal prompt: Imagine a friend tells you they’re a survivor. What would you say? What would you do? Would it change anything about the way you treat them today?