Sexual abuse is a traumatic life event that can have long-term psychological effects at any age. Sexual abuse does not discriminate gender or class.
Children and teenagers are targets of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. About 85 percent of the time, the offenders are family members or someone close to the family. By the time children are 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused. These instances of abuse include unhealthy dating relationships, which exceed rates of other types of youth violence. Parents have the most important role in preventing and recognizing unhealthy relationships.
Many people who experience sexual abuse as children do not heal from it until they seek help as adults, and some adults do not recognize that what happened to them as children is sexual abuse.
CHANA provides a community-wide call to action that recognizes and addresses the traumatic effects of abuse in the Jewish community on children and adolescents. CHANA offers prevention, crisis intervention, therapeutic responses, and consultations with individuals, institutions and concerned community members.
In an unhealthy relationship, one person has power and control over another.