Child Advocacy Center Reacts to Sexual Assault By Teacher

By: Andrea Flores Email
By: Andrea Flores Email

The Child Advocacy center says it's the comments condoning, and even praising the male student who says he was sexually assaulted by Carrie Miller, that perpetuate the problem of male victims not reporting abuse. It's a problem they're trying to put an end to.

One in every six men experience sexual abuse before the age of 18, but many of the cases go unreported.

"They don't come forward, they don't talk about it, for the fear of the types of comment and judgments that are going to be passed," said CAC Executive Director, Lynn Ayers.

The Child Advocacy Center says it's negative responses from the community that continue the problem of silence in victims.

"For male victims, there's just a lot of stereotypes that go with it in terms of that they wanted it, somehow they were asking for it, somehow they caused it to happen," said Ayers.

Counselors at CAC say sometimes there's confusion about what constitutes sexual abuse, but the definition is clear.

"If the victim is under the age of 16, and the perpetrator is 19 years of age or older, it's sexual assault," said Ayers. "They are manipulating the child based on the relationship of power and trust, a position of respect and admiration."

And when kids do come forward, the CAC says the work to regain trust has just begun.

"It causes a lot of self-doubt, a lot of shame, a lot of confusion," said Ayers. "It will impact male victims, as well as female victims, down the road in their adults years when it comes to trust and intimacy in relationships."

That's why the CAC says it's important for the community to understand the implications of sexual abuse.

"This is tough stuff, but you can't have anything but respect for the courage it takes for someone to come forward and talk about it," said Ayers.

The CAC says female perpetrators are rare, making up less than 5 percent of abusers, but they do exist. Out of the more than 1,000 clients the CAC helped in 2013, only 35 percent were male victims.


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