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Since its inception in 2014, the Younique Foundation has been a refuge of support and healing for women who suffered from sexual abuse as children. Defend Innocence was born out of the foundation’s desire to prevent childhood sexual abuse from happening in the first place. Defend Innocence believes the responsibility to stop childhood sexual abuse rest on parents and caregivers, not on the children themselves. There are ways you can help. Let’s start together at defendinnocence.org/start.
Educated parents and caregivers can significantly reduce the likelihood of sexual abuse, and it starts with knowing the truth about abuse—what it is, who it happens to, and where it happens. Many widely accepted truths about sexual abuse are false. Help us by speaking up, staying informed, and defending your child’s innocence.
Sexual abuse only happens to GIRLS.
1 IN 4 GIRLS AND 1 IN 6 BOYS will be sexually abused before age 18.
Abusers are USUALLY strangers.
90% OF CHILDREN know their abusers.
MOST sexual abuse is reported.
Sexual abuse is RARELY reported. Sometimes, families sweep it under the rug causing additional damage.
Sexual abuse is INEVITABLE.
Educated parents and caregivers can REDUCE the likelihood of sexual abuse.
*Sexual abuse statistics vary between countries (and reports), but are consistently alarming world-wide. For sources and information, please contact The Younique Foundation.
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