Who Will Help the Estimated 39 Million Child Sexual Abuse Survivors in America?

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The non-profit corporation TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, was formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

I chose this focus because more than 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abusers

A year ago Diane Cranley's world was turned upside down when her youngest daughter confided to her that she was being sexually abused. Cranley began her search for additional victims of her daughter's perpetrator and found others he had abused and others he was grooming.

Caught up in the midst of a legal battle, Cranley made a courageous decision. Rather than becoming a forgotten statistic, Cranley created the non-profit corporation TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids. The organization was formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

"I chose this focus because more than 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abusers," said Cranley. "This means fewer than 10 percent of abusers are strangers."

TAALK's vision is to inspire community coalitions to accept responsibility for educating their residents on how to better protect the children in their community from child sexual abuse.

Its TAALK Today awareness program includes a top down media campaign as well as a grass roots network of members who are committed to spreading the word about the child sexual abuse epidemic. Members personally invite their family, friends and acquaintances to join the movement. The focus of this awareness program is to make child sexual abuse and its prevention an acceptable topic of every day discussion. The program also encourages the public to take action to protect children.

On January 18, 2008, TAALK launched its new website, http://www.taalk.org. In addition to the TAALK Today awareness program and primary prevention education, TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides prevention program consulting to youth serving organizations. The website is filled with valuable information to help individuals, organizations and communities prevent child sexual abuse.

"TAALK's mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse," said Cranley. "We want to shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that 'There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.' Our efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children."

According to the American Psychological Association, "Accurate statistics on the prevalence of child and adolescent sexual abuse are difficult to collect because of problems of underreporting and the lack of one definition of what constitutes such abuse. However, there is general agreement among mental health and child protection professionals that child sexual abuse is not uncommon and is a serious problem in the United States."

For additional information on preventing child sexual abuse, contact Diane Cranley or visit http://www.taalk.org.

About TAALK:
TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a non-profit corporation formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

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