Chances are, if you asked around and women were willing to admit it, way too many women you know have been sexually abused at a young age. A lot of times a 12, 13 or 14 year old girl will end up being raped by a 17, 18 or 19 year old guy, and they’ll carry intense feelings of shame and guilt for years if they don’t tell someone about the pain they feel from those awful moments.
The media is constantly bombarding us with images of girls showing skin for the pleasure of men’s lustful eyes. Sexual slavery is commonplace abroad and in the USA– young Asian girls are put in cages and rented out to old men for a pittance. What has the world come to?
Carol Conklin is trying to empower adults to stand up against sexual abuse in Buffalo and beyond. Her organization is “iOppose,” and you can find out more at www.ioppose.org.