Penn State Sex Abuse Case Hits Home Help Is Here
Everyone is talking about the latest scandal at Penn State involving former coach Jerry Sandusky and the alleged sexual abuse of at least 8 young boys. All of the conversation surrounding the case led Frank, Wanda and Lorraine to address the issue on V-103 and WAOK this morning.
Dr. Darryl L. Townes, a Licensed Psychologist and Consultant, sat in as a flood of calls came into station.
You can see more of what Dr. Townes had to say tonight on Frank and Wanda on CW69 at 10:00 pm.
Here is information if you or someone you know has been victimized by sexual abuse:
Dr. Darryl Townes, Townes Consulting & Psychological Services, LLC
133 Peachtree Street
Suite 4060 (40th Floor)
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tiffany Taylor, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Her practice is located at New Vision Counseling Center, LLC
4579 South Cobb Dr. Suite 600
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
1485 B Woodland Ave.,
Atlanta, GA 30316
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
1001 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30342
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding
35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
If you suspect that a child has been sexually or physically abused, a parent or guardian can take their child to these hospitals for a physical examination. The doctor’s here are trained in identifying sexual abuse in children.
For Parents and Teachers:
- A Parent’s and Teacher’s Handbook on Identifying and Preventing Child Abuse, by James A. Monteleone, M.D.
For Preschool-Age Children:
- It’s My Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch, by Lory Freeman and Carol Deach
- Your Body Belongs to You, by Cornelia Spelman
For Primary-Age Children:
- A Very Touching Book, by Jan Hindmantt
- The Survivor’s Guide, by Sharice A. Lee
For Adult Survivors:
- The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass
- I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors by Aphrodite Matsakis
For Loved Ones of Survivors:
- Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as Child, by Laura Davis
- Ghosts in the Bedroom: A Guide For Partners of Incest Survivors, by Den Graber
Just Some Random Facts:
- Experts estimate that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
How can you tell if a child is being (or has been) sexually abused?
Children who have been sexually abused may display a range of emotional and behavioral reactions, many of which are characteristic of children who have experienced other types of trauma. These reactions include:
- An increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties
- Withdrawn behavior
- Angry outbursts
- Not wanting to be left alone with a particular individual(s)
- Sexual knowledge, language, and/or behaviors that are inappropriate for the child’s age
Why don’t children tell about sexual abuse?
There are many reasons children do not disclose being sexually abused, including:
- Threats of bodily harm (to the child and/or the child’s family)
- Fear of being removed from the home
- Fear of not being believed
- Shame or guilt
If the abuser is someone the child or the family cares about, the child may worry about getting that person in trouble. In addition, children often believe that the sexual abuse was their own fault and may not disclose for fear of getting in trouble themselves. Very young children may not have the language skills to communicate about the abuse or may not understand that the actions of the perpetrator are abusive, particularly if the sexual abuse is made into a game.