How Are the Girls?

The girls were so excited to go home for a two-week Christmas break to see their families. We had a big meeting with all of the parents before they went home to help the transition go as smoothly as possible.
 
One of the girls in our home was telling us how she has become a “counselor”. When she went home over the break there is a friend who was also sexually abused and is experiencing hopelessness. During the break this girl wasn’t alone and had a friend there to encourage her.
 
Similar to that we are also very excited about another development that is taking place with the girls. A relationship is developing with a doctor in a local hospital. We are going to be trying something new. When a girl who has been sexually abused comes to the hospital for treatment we will send 2 or 3 of the girls who have been in our program the longest there to spend time with her.
 
“It seems counter-intuitive to go and help someone when you yourself are suffering, but the only way you will ever gain is when you give it all away.” –Laren Poole co-founder of Invisible Children.
 
According to a study done by Dean G. Kilpatrick, one-third of those who have been sexually abused develop PTSD. Estimates suggest that only 3% of all cases of child sexual abuse (Finkelhor & Dziuba-Leatherman) and only 12% of rapes involving children are ever reported to police (Hanson). In some cases an individual who was sexually abused identified that they felt more trauma from a person they told about the abuse not believing or even accusing them than the actual abuse itself.

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