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The Purpose and Vision of the Broken Silence Organization
Broken Silence is a non- profit organization founded by Sheena (SHE SHE) Herod. The purpose of Broken Silence is to help parents and children end their silence and openly discuss how to prevent sexual child abuse, and the appropriate steps to follow if molestation occurs. The founder of the organization has been conducting interviews and talking to schools to introduce a program that will educate children on this topic; she has also released a documentary and a book to bring awareness to the crisis of molestation.
The Purpose of the Documentary and Book
Sexual child abuse is the deliberate exposure of minor children to sexual activity. The purpose for the film, “What We Hate to Remember” and the book, “A Boy’s Silent Cry” is to help stop child molestation. Sexual child abuse is a very grave crisis in America. It is often ignored and the majority of the population is not educated on the issue. The focus of the documentary is to educate parents on how to safeguard their children, and outline the warning signs of predators. The film is based on the testimonials of men willing to tell their story of how molestation almost ruined their lives; it includes the stories of the victims, the police officers and counselors interjecting advice on the varying situations. The film also includes the opinions and concerns of parents concerning molestation and even women giving their opinion on why they would or would not date a guy who was a victim of molestation and the complications their past may bring to the relationship.
The Facts of Molestation
Most sexual abuse offenders are acquainted with their victims; approximately 30% are relatives of the child, most often brothers, fathers, uncles or cousins; around 60% are other acquaintances such as friends of the family, babysitters, or neighbors; strangers are the offenders in approximately 10% of child sexual abuse cases. Most child sexual abuse is committed by men; studies show that women commit 14% to 40% of offenses reported against boys and 6% of offenses reported against girls.