Donor Focus: Tackling an "Icky" Topic
Sadly, when it comes to sexual violence, there is no image of what a sexual abuse victim looks like. Unlike domestic violence where the bruises and scars are obvious and convey an immediate picture of hurt and need, the wounds of a sexual-abuse victim are internal and commonly cloaked in blame, guilt, shame and secrecy. Moreover, from a public perspective, sexual violence is an issue that is mired in broad misconceptions and misunderstanding leading to two typical reactions: ignore the situation (the public cannot “go there”), especially when it comes to children; or blame the victim. This is especially true when the victim is an adult.