The psychological identity rupture and being taught to lie and disintegrate family bonds — let alone any accompanying physical abuse, or being kept out of school or denied medical care in order to remain hidden — has profound impact. Twenty-six percent of our members have attempted suicide and 62 percent have considered it. Eighty-seven percent have suffered from depression. There’s also a social cost to adverse childhood experiences — higher rates of adult onset diseases such as heart disease and addictions that strain our health care systems, plus victims becoming part of our juvenile delinquency or adult prison populations. And the issue becomes intergenerational because victims have no model for healthy parenting.
If you know of a child in need of help, please don’t hesitate to contact local authorities.