By Sharron Huffman and Erica Schafer DeNorscia
November 29, 2011
Sexual abuse is a traumatizing experience. The damage can be profound and lifelong. It is possible, however, to recover. To heal. It is never too late to start the healing process, even if decades have passed. The first step, the key, is to NOT KEEP THE SECRET. If you are an adult carrying the secret of your own abuse, you need to talk to someone you trust and find support for your recovery.
If you know of a child who is experiencing abuse or is at risk, you need to get help immediately. Call law enforcement or social services. A list of Ketchikan agencies with their contact information is at http://ridalaskaofchildabuse.org/Ketchikan.html
Here are some websites that can help with understanding and taking action:
For a list of services in Ketchikan for reporting abuse, getting help, or finding a counselor, go to: http://ridalaskaofchildabuse.org/Ketchikan.html
For free, confidential support whether the assault happened recently or decades ago, go to: Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline: 800-656-4673. http://www.rainn.org
For good resources and information for anyone impacted by child sex abuse, go to: Stop It Now! Online Help Center http://www.stopitnow.org/gethelp/1160
If you suspect or know a child is being abused, sexually or physically, call Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD; 24 Hours a Day. http://www.childhelp.org/
Erica Schafer DeNorscia
About: "Former longtime residents of Ketchikan, Sharron is a retired teacher, business owner, and artist living in Portland, Oregon; Erica, a Valley Park and Kayhi alumna, is an expressive artist and counselor living in Boulder, Colorado."
Received November 28, 2011 - Published November 29, 2011
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