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Olympic gymnast charging ex-doctor of child sexual abuse

McKayla Maroney, Olympic gymnast gold medalist, has come forward with details about sexual abuse at the hands of her USA Gymnastics doctor. She states the abuse started at age 13 and continued until she left the sport last year—spanning eight years and a range of countries, states and cities.

Her recent accusations are in addition to those of over 125 other women who claim the same doctor sexually assaulted them while calling it “treatment.” There are also 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against him. He is currently serving prison time for child pornography possession as the numerous sexual assault charges and civil suits move forward.

No sugarcoating this: a failing score for CA foster kids' care

A 22% success rate in most human endeavors will instantly -- and for towering reasons -- qualify as a dismal failure.

How truly tragic it is when such a glaringly low pass rate applies to the timely intervention of California authorities in red-flag matters involving foster children.

Movie mogul's abuse scandal underscores widespread industry problem

Hollywood comes to life.

We note an uppercase reality regarding the sexual abuse of children and young adults on our victims' rights website at the multi-based Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D., in California, namely this: that sordid and criminal act "is an incredibly widespread and destructive problem affecting people at all levels of society [that can] occur in almost any context."

Are issues resolved a decade after the San Diego Diocese lawsuit?

Ten years ago 144 adults won a major lawsuit settlement against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. The church agreed to pay $198.1 million dollars to the victims, who were sexually abused as children by priests. Today, abuse survivors continue to heal and wonder: is the Catholic Church doing enough to protect children from future abuse?

According to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the dioceses leadership implemented reform to prevent future abuse. The reform includes education to recognize inappropriate behavior for Catholic school students. Information is provided to parents discussing warning signs of child sexual abuse. Fortunately, the church now requires background checks for every employee and clergy member.

Horrendous and harrowing: MD now faces 48 sex crimes counts

It is perhaps logical for decent and empathetic people residing in California and across the world to posit a certain type of individual when they contemplate a child sex abuser.

After all, such people are not like us, right? They stand in the shadows, being noticeably scarred and flawed individuals who cannot possibly share traits -- most notably, understandable thought processes -- in common with most other people.

Challenged law re sexual abuse compensation termed "deeply shocking"

"Soul-destroying."

Although a number of other scathing comments were forthcoming from one country's commissioner for children recently regarding draft rules aimed at denying select minors from compensation after being sexually abused, that succinct condemnation eminently sums up Anne Longfield's views toward the legislation.

Child sexual abuse does not need to involve physical contact

Survivors of child sexual abuse must recover from emotional trauma. Emotional trauma can take much longer to heal than physical injury. While it makes sense that sexual abuse is often associated with unwanted touching, physical contact is not needed. Children can be victims of sexual abuse without ever being touched by the abuser.

What is considered child sexual abuse?

The most important things child sex abuse survivors need to hear

Throughout our posts, we have highlighted the difficulties that child sex abuse survivors deal with as they grow into adulthood. Some may continue to mask the pain by abusing drugs and alcohol, and other engage in dangerous and unhealthy sexual routines.

But before a child sex abuse survivor reaches these extremes, they are still victims who need to be heard, consoled and rehabilitated. Unfortunately, most people will not realize the pain these children go through because they are so afraid of telling someone their story.

Why you can't judge a book by its cover

We are taught to live by the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Our parents and other authority figures teach us to look beyond what we see at first glance and to not make assumptions about someone until we have all the information we need.

This notion is especially important when “judging” someone who is a victim of sexual abuse; especially when the abuse occurred when they were a child. Chances are that they are dealing with their own demons by engaging in destructive behavior such as drug use, excessive alcohol use or deviant sexual behavior. 

What forms of therapy can help child sex abuse victims?

In a number of our posts this summer, we have highlighted the benefits of therapy for child sex abuse victims. Therapy serves a number of purposes. It helps abuse victims understand that they are not to blame for their situations, so they can regain a healthy sense of self-worth and self-compassion. It also helps them move past painful memories that continue to haunt them.

But what type of therapy is best for a particular victim? The answer is “it depends.” With that, this post will briefly describe a few therapy systems.