Early in November the nation was shocked when faced with the enormity of the sexual abuse allegations coming from Penn State. While the events are tragic, the continuous and in depth press coverage offers an opportunity to move forward in our battle to prevent child sexual assault and exploitation.
University Park, Pa. (Nov. 15, 2011) - The National Center for the Victims of Crime estimates one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Recent events at Penn State have sparked national attention around this issue, which is typically shrouded in silence and often unreported. How can society recognize child sexual abuse? What can people do to prevent it? And what resources are available to victims and their families?
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by generating and facilitating the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources.
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