#MeToo Movement For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors?

Since the #metoo movement started several months ago, thousands of women across the world have accused powerful men of sexual harassment and assault. This may carry over to child sexual abuse survivors, as only 10 percent disclose their story during their childhood. Like adult survivors, children often fail to confront their abuser for fear of retribution, guilt, and shame. Deb Rosen, executive director at Bivona Child Advocacy Center, says the #metoo movement may empower more children to come forward, but the stories may also trigger traumatic memories for others. Rosen said the sentencing hearing of convicted abuser Larry Nassar this week is a once in a generation experience. Nearly 160 young women spoke at the hearing or had others read their statements about how the former U.S. Gymnastics Team physician sexually assaulted them at a very young age. “There’s no question that children are watching and listening to this story,” said Rosen. “I know my children are. What they are seeing are young women speaking about things that happened to them and the powerful impacts of that.” There is much to be considered about whether a #MeToo movement will help survivors of child sexual abuse, and there is much to learn from the current movement in terms of how a movement for survivors of sexual abuse should happen.