The staggering cost of silence: child abuse victims and stolen innocence


The well-groomed neighborhood was lined with a green umbrella of trees that swayed in the warm winds of summer as the last remnants of a long, hard winter faded.

The white house on the corner had seen better days and the front lawn was dotted with bare patches where neglect had invited an invasion of pests.

Opening the front door the morning light illuminates an array of toys and wrapping paper strewn about a well-furnished family room. Just ahead above the dining room table a birthday banner hovered over a half eaten cake and scattered cups and plates. As the quiet of the scene establishes its reign down the hallway covered in brown carpet the muffled cries of a young child could be heard.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 girls and1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

As the door opened to the back bedroom door a man emerged securing a belt around the faded jeans he wore.

Written by Jerome Elan, Michael Reagan.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

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