Overarching Question: To what extent are survivors of sexual violence not the only victims of the silence surrounding the abuse committed by someone in a position of religious or social authority?
Summary: Children and teens are the primary victims of sexual abuse; they’re also liable to be victimized in other ways, like bullying, theft or assault. Moreover, the likelihood of being victimized tends to increase with age. Being targeted can have multiple repercussions. Children who are the victims of sexual abuse can be left with long-term psychological scarring and/or social difficulties, including anger, aggressiveness, developmental issues, behavioural issues, low self-esteem, mistrust, problems at school, suicidal thoughts or attempts, delinquent behaviour, or drug and alcohol abuse.