Incest


  • Incest defined.  Incest is the sexual abuse of a child (from infant to adolescent) by a relative they are not married to.  An incest offender may also be a parent’s intimate partner. 
  • The abuser may be a person in a position of trust and authority for the victim, telling the child it is a learning experience that happens in every family.  
  • Incest is believed to be the most common form of child abuse; however, it often remains concealed by the victim because of guilt, shame, fear, social and family pressure, as well as coercion by the abuser.  The victim may fear they will be disbelieved, blamed or punished if they speak of the abuse.
  • Incest can have serious long-term effects on its victims, such as nightmares, eating disorders and sexual problems in their adult life.  Research also indicates that children who have been sexually abused by a relative suffer greater guilt, shame, low self-esteem, depression, substance abuse and sexual promiscuity, etc. than children who have been assaulted by a stranger.  
  • The process of recovery can be exceptionally painful and difficult.  There is help and services for all victims, both children and adult survivors, of any sexual abuse.  Resources for incest victims include books, self-help groups, workshops, short and long-term therapy programs, and possible legal remedies.  
Statistics
  • 46% of children who are raped are victims of family members or step-children.   
What You Can Do
  • If you are being sexually abused by anyone, find one person you trust, and tell them. 

  • Call or text 9-1-1, if this is an Emergency.

  • Call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233, and report it.

  • Call Spokane's Lutheran Social Services Sexual Assault Center
    24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line:  (509) 624-7273
  • Teach children and students to tell a trusted adult.   Teach children and youth to be “watch dogs” for the police.  Children can also help protect other youth by telling an adult they trust.      
  • Adults must be willing to listen to, believe, and help victims of incest as they expose the crime and go through the process of recovery.  
  • Adults must look for ways to prevent future generations from enduring sexual abuse and continuing the cycles of abuse both within families and society. 


    President Barack H. Obama
    January 16, 2013

    "And so what we should be thinking about, is our responsibility to care for (children), and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up, and do everything that they're capable of doing.  This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged.  And their voices should compel us to change.

    "…we must do something to protect our communities and our kids…We have to examine ourselves in our hearts, and ask yourselves what is important?  This will not happen, unless the American people demand it.  If parents and teachers, police officers, and pastors, if hunters and sportsman, if responsible gun owners, if Americans of every background stand up and say, enough.  We've suffered too much pain, and care too much about our children to allow this to continue, then change will -- change will come.

    "Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will, comes an obligation to allow others to do the same.   We don't live in isolation.  We live in a society, a government for and by the people. We are responsible for each other.

    " …when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now, for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who had so much left to give; for the men and women in big cities and small towns who fall victims to senseless violence each and every day; for all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.

    "Let's do the right thing.  Let's do the right thing for (our children) and for this country that we love so much." 

    (Speaking of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre which took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults, President Obama announced his anti-gun violence plan to curb such violence, and to protect our children.)
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/16/transcript-obama-remarks-on-gun-violence/#ixzz2IAHlzy00