Child Abuse - When Sexual Abuse Disclosures are Ignored

by Name Undisclosed
(Ohio, USA)

When I was 5 years old my uncle David sexually abused me. I told right away. No one did anything! He went on to sexually abuse a few other of the girls in our family who also told! No one did anything. When I was 14 we were at a family event and he tried to hug me. When I said no way he got mad and told me it was a long time ago I should let it go! What, I said. Then I told him to get the hell away from. He was there with his girlfriend and her children. Later we found out he was raping both the girl and boy and now he is spending the next 25 years in prison. My thoughts...if someone would have stopped him with me, all the other victims would not have endured his sick pedophilia ways!

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Sep 01, 2010
To Name Undisclosed:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I couldn't agree more. Thankfully, he won't be able to harm any more little girls while he's in prison. Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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Sep 01, 2010
by: Anonymous

Hallo Ohio, You are very right if only someone not only listened but Believed. This is so very common. I was abused from as young as a little toddler, as i grew older I tried to tell but the family members i told chose to ignore me and I was punished severly and hurled physical abuses like i was a troublemaker etc. other members of my family were abused as well.
After a while I just gave up, what was the point, no one believed....
At the same time I encourage anybody to never give up, if family members will not help you then go over their head and report them to a teacher, another adult.
Nobody should have to be someone elses sex object or punching bag.
I am speaking on behalf of a woman but no woman belongs to a man we belong to ourselves!!
Keep strong Ohio and always believe in yourself.

Nov 14, 2011
tell someone
by: BMW Princess

You should tell someone
Child molesters don't stop on their own. They like what they do. It dosn't matter if he goes to church or coachs Bantam hockey.If he's around youth that's even more reason to tell. Tell so he can be stopped

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