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Tell officials to vote for child sexual abuse bill

August 5, 2012
The Alpena News

Child sexual abuse is a serious social problem, with 300,000 children falling victim to sexual abuse every year. By the time they reach 18 years of age, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused. Given these statistics, it is very likely that someone in your life has been a victim of sexual abuse, but you may not even know it.

Child sexual abuse is a traumatic experience for the victim that can result in long-term consequences. Many victims of child sexual abuse suffer with mental health problems throughout adulthood. Effects of sexual abuse can include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, dissociative and anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts.

Children need to have the knowledge of what sexual abuse is, how to talk to someone about it, and how to protect themselves. The passing of House Bill 1113 would give children that knowledge. This bill would amend the Michigan School Code policy by implementing education on child sexual abuse to pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. This bill has already passed in the Senate.

It is up to adults to protect children and provide them every opportunity possible to allow their dreams to come true. If we don't protect them, who will? You can help to save a child's life by taking a stand against child sexual abuse. Contact your Representative and urge them to pass Senate Bill 1113. To report a suspected case of child abuse call 1-855-444-3911.

Nancy Kotwicki




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