Myths and Facts

With Child Abuse Awareness Month (April) quickly approaching, the Children House would like to provide you with a few myths and facts to start off your week.

MYTH: Children make up stories or lie about sexual abuse
FACT: while children do make up stories, they seldom lie about sexual abuse. Also, children who have not been abused do not usually have explicit knowledge of intimate sexual behavior.

MYTH: Abuse is most often committed by strangers
FACT: Most abuse is committed by someone the victim/survivor knows and trusts.

MYTH: Child abusers are east to identify
FACT: Child abusers cannont be easily distinguished from others. They usually are not adults with mental illness or mental retardation. In fact, many offenders are up standing community citizens.

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