"When I was three years old, while in a day care situation, I was sexually abused on two occasions. This would have occurred around 1956 and there was no such thing as mandated reporting. It was assumed that I would ‘forget’ the memory. If this abuse had become public, the cultural attitudes of the day would have devastated my family, the church, my father’s ministry, and me. There would have been no form of psychological help. The choice to hide this awful secret was not an incorrect choice. My parent’s decision to hide this awful secret was not an incorrect choice from a family and cultural standpoint, but there was a lifetime of consequences for me.
It is possible for children to survive trauma in healthy ways. Not all children split as I did. There are many factors involved, but emotional support is the key. I needed to know the abuse was not my fault. I was not bad; bad things were done to me. I needed my parents to talk to me, help me to understand, and hold me when I cried. Psychological help would have been beneficial but it probably would not have been accessed, even if available."
Breaking Free to Mission ~ Janyne
We can help children who have experienced trauma during early childhood. Research on this topic is conclusive. Without intervention these children will reap lifelong repercussions. I don't need research to tell me this because I have lived my life with the results of trauma. Please access the information below. Be informed. Understand how crucial it is to both prevent abuse and help children heal from trauma.
(Go to Dissociation for information specific to complex trauma in Early Childhood.)
The National Center for Victims of crime has an excellent summary of the statistics concerning CSA (Childhood Sexual Abuse). Awareness is the first step in prevention. I suggest reading the information about Do's and Don'ts in Reporting, Statistics, Grooming, and Effects listed to the left-hand menu.