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Awareness Can Help Prevent Child Abuse and Sexual Assault
Q&A with Shannon M. Deitz Abuse Survivor, Founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month, as well as National Child Abuse Prevention month in recognition of the pervasiveness of sexual assault nationwide. Sexual violence, including child sexual abuse, spans all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. According to a Child Maltreatment report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Childrenโ€™s Bureau, 60,956 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in the United States in 2013. On top of the guilt and shame that abuse can bring, most victims know their attackers, which can lead them to be silent about their traumatic experience. Staying silent, however, does not lead to healing, according to Shannon Deitz, abuse survivor and founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry.

โ€œSurvivors of abuse are not fragile individuals. They are strong, worthy individualsโ€ฆ

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