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Child abuse survivor: ‘You’re not alone’

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“You are not alone.”

The message is written on a jar filled with buttons, on a shelf in a playroom filled with stuffed animals and video games.

The jar is filled with hundreds of buttons of different shapes, colors and sizes. Each one was placed in the jar by a child visiting the Carl Perkins Child Advocacy Center on Lexington Avenue, after recounting stories of physical or sexual abuse.

“We let them pick their own button,” therapist Tabitha Moore said. “They come in here and there are no other kids, and they think they’re alone.”

But when kids — who later come to see Moore in therapy sessions — see the piles of colorful buttons, they know they aren’t recovering alone, she said.



1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.

9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.

They are protected by New York State laws.

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