“Adolescents find themselves between a rock and a hard place, because many times for fear of talking about it with adults, for fear of punishment, they allow the problem to deepen in a worse way, without help, and end up having serious psychological consequences. The fear or shame in case this content is published can even lead them to commit suicide”, explains Professor Sonia.
Maltreatment involves interference with a child’s development. Is a traumatic experience which causes very serious damage, both physical and psychological, to the victim. This is also something that happens more often than expected. “It is estimated that about 10 to 25% of the adult population has suffered at some point in their childhood some type of sexual abuse. Or, to be more exact, one in four girls and one in eight boys under 12 years of age”, says Altamirano.
The child abuse happens everywhere social classes, cultural or racial origins and in all sectors of society. It is very common for them to happen to a minor relative (father or acquaintance). The children most at risk of abuse are those who have a reduced ability to react or perceive what is happening, such as those who cannot speak or have an underlying disability. Also the people who belong to families with constant problems and that they are victims of ill-treatment.
Usually, they do not usually show strange behavior, which makes it difficult to obtain an accurate profile. However, there are some important features. Many people have low self-esteemand they feel safer with minors.
They tend to be men, mostly adults between 30 and 50 years of age, who use trust, knowledge and deception as control strategies for victims”, says the psychologist. Most abusers are victims of children they already know, although the Internet has increased the number of unknown attackers.