Tuesday, May 24, 2005

You Have the Power holds child sexual abuse awareness program for Hispanics

The Tennessean reports that You Have the Power organized a program in Clarksville for Hispanics to raise awareness of child sexual abuse.

"Held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarksville, the forum drew about 40 people, many of them couples with children."

"The event was organized by You Have the Power, a nonprofit victim-rights organization in Nashville founded by Tennessee first lady Andrea Conte."

"Shame and guilt combined with the fear of being deported prevent many Hispanic families from talking about child sexual abuse occurring in their home, which can prolong the abuse and the psychological damage to the child, those who work with victims and their families said yesterday."

"Many Hispanic immigrants are surprised to learn that sexual abuse of children is considered a serious crime in this country, said Vanessa Saenz, a Nashville attorney. While not accepted in Hispanic cultures, child sex abuse is widely viewed as a private matter for families, she said."

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