Why is there a time limit on bringing sexual assault cases to courts?
It started when he was just eight. A man, well known to his family, began grooming him.
Fifty years later, Kevin Sweeney is finally able to talk about the sexual abuse to which he was subjected.
“It quickly escalated to inappropriate touching, and eventually rape,” explains Mr Sweeney.
It continued until Mr Sweeney was 13 years old. His abuser threatened to harm his siblings and parents if he told anyone, so he stayed silent.
Now a school teacher, married with children, Mr Sweeney lived with his secret for decades.
In his early forties, after learning his abuser had died, he worked up the courage to tell his wife.
“It took about 8 months of therapy before I could say the word rape,” he explains.
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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.
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