Fighting the Conspiracy of Silence
According to the United Nations General Assembly, child and adolescent sexual abuse (CASA) plagues every country and region of the world. It cuts across lines of class, income, education, culture, and ethic origin, with devastating effects not only for the victims but for their families and society as a whole.
The scope of victimization around the world is staggering, and Bolivia is no exception. Consider the following statistics:
- 34% of girls and 23% of boys in Bolivia have been sexually abused before age 18;
- In 2003 and 2004, 88% of Bolivian women stated that they had suffered from some kind of violence;
- 60% of those abusing children and adolescents are repeat offenders;
- Experts believe that fewer than 10% of cases are reported to the authorities.
Sadly, research demonstrates that most victims of CASA never disclose the abuse and remain trapped in what we call the conspiracy of silence.
Founded in 2004, A Breeze of Hope (501(c)(3) exists to provide free legal, social, and psychological services to victims of sexual violence, to eradicated sexual violence through transdisciplinary prevention strategies, and to foster a society that encourages healthy and comprehensive childhood development.
We urge you to join us in our fight against this conspiracy of silence.
"Take"sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."Elie Wiesel