With 45 million U.S. victims of child sex abuse, we can’t put their millions of abusers in jail

Jerry Sandusky arrives for the fourth day of his trial in Bellefonte, PA, last week. He’s accused of 52 counts of sexual abuse with 10 boys over 15 years. Associated Press distributed this photo by Nabil Mark of the Centre Daily Times.


You might want to keep this in mind when you cringe at the heartbreaking testimony from the trial of former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky: You can’t throw five pebbles in a concert, a congregation or a conference without hitting someone who’s been sexually abused.

Throw five more pebbles and you’ll hit someone who has sexually abused a child.
It’s likely that about 45 million victims of child sex abuse are walking around the United States today (one in four women and one in six men). That number is the population of New York, Florida and Louisiana
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