INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Research from the Indiana Youth Advocacy group shows that nine out of ten sex abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust.
“They can be a coach, it can be a doctor, it can be a teacher, it can be a lawyer. It is not just a stranger,” says Tracie Wells with the Indiana Youth Services Association.
Those scary statistics are what has prompted the Someone They Know Campaign, a new movement aimed at sharing education and awareness through social media. The movement is targeted at stopping child sex abuse.
“Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is about stopping it before it stars. That is why we want to educate and empower,” says Wells.
The campaign is a collaborative effort between Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and Indiana Youth Services Association. The group publishes sexual abuse awareness videos and information on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The videos use child actors who explain who a predator can be and the warning signs we should all look out for.
“Most child sex abusers have multiple victims over a period of several years. That is why education is important,” says Wells.
Youth advocates say that the national attention on the Jared Fogle case has brought the conversation on child sex abuse to the forefront. Youth advocates say almost all child sex abuse occurs during a one on one setting and after it happens, it is very difficult for kids to come forward and talk about the abuse.
“It does feel a little uncomfortable to have kids talk about child sex abuse. It is supposed to be an uncomfortable conversation, but it is one that we all need to have,” says Wells.