Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question.
I was abused as a child, but i feel like i am the only one.
The problem with childhood sexual abuse is very pervasive, if prevalent unfortunately, in our society.
Data shows and statistics show that one in four girls has been abuse or will be abused before the age of 18. One in six boys will be abused before the age of 18. Forty percent of kids that are abused are abused by a family member another fifty percent of kids that are abused by someone they know, an acquaintance abuse.
Sexual abuse is unfortunately too common in our society and victims often feel like they are alone, like they are the only ones. They are kind of made to feel that way. They are intimidated. They feel ashamed. A part of the grooming process by a skilled perpetrator is to make them feel that way. So, if you've been abused as a child and are struggling with the issues of that abuse, you need to come forward. You need to report what happened to you. You need to get psychological help before this can get worse in your life.
It's very difficult to report and most people don't report it and they live with it. But it can have horrible consequences. I often analogize it to having a cancer inside you and if it's not taken care of soon, it can.