Consequences of child sexual abuse begin affecting children and families immediately. They also affect society in innumerable and negative ways. These effects can continue throughout the life of the survivor so the impact on society for just one survivor continues over multiple decades. Try to imagine the impact of 39 million survivors”. Darkness to Light, Charleston, U.S.A.
There are too many girls who have had, as a pattern of survival, to accept that they have to give sex to people even for the sake of having protection from others…the situation is particularly troubling for the region since it already accounts for 42 per cent of the world’s homicides, not to mention that 80,000 people below age 18 die each year in Latin America and the Caribbean because of violence….I think it is time that the Caribbean starts looking at itself and realizing we have an emergency here….It is an emergency that is bigger than any hurricane that has ever passed through here and it starts in the homes and we need to start changing it.” Nils Kastberg, Regional Director, UNICEF, Latin America and Caribbean Region. November, 2008.