Note: The following is adapted from a newspaper column.
This is April, which means it’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
I didn’t do so last year, because I was new to my current newspaper setting, but it’s been a tradition of mine to write one or more columns every month about this issue, primarily about child sexual abuse.
First, I know that this is an uncomfortable topic. And rightly so. Nobody likes to think of the most vulnerable members of our society being abused like this before they’ve had a chance to grow up. But, only by addressing this issue in reality can we hope to translate the pain of that discomfort into reality.
Second, there are myths about child sexual abuse as well as realities. And part of addressing this issue, ...