Sexual abuse victims often paralyzed by fear
“If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be ‘fear,’ ” she said. “Fear of not being believed, fear of being judged or being embarrassed or ashamed. It was my word against his. I didn’t have any proof. I didn’t have a voice.” Her situation is not that uncommon among children who are sexually abused, especially those instances that took place 20 or 30 years ago when sexual assault on children was nearly unheard of and cases that were reported rarely resulted in an arrest or prosecution.