Dating someone whose parent has cancer
Research studies have found that those most likely to recognize and report abuse are policemen or emergency room doctors, while those least likely to recognize and report abuse are people who come from the same community or religious background as the abused child.
The fears of retribution, social isolation, physical harm, loss of family, loss of work, along with his sexual proclivities, prevent him from disclosing.
This can be true of adolescents as well, who can fall prey to sexual abuse even into their mid teens.
Children can be victimized repeatedly because they are often too ashamed or frightened to divulge information to others.
Children are sexually victimized because they can be.
They are trusting, vulnerable, curious by nature, and usually not suspicious of adults -- certainly not of a parent, teacher, counselor or other role model.