For most of her life, Angela Williams kept the abuse to herself. There were no words for the horror and the guilt and the shame she felt. And who would believe her?
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National Child Abuse Awareness Month
Angela Williams, founder of VOICE Today and author of “From Sorrows to Sapphires,” is scheduled to speak at the following events:
April 6 at 11 a.m., Cobb County Central Library, 266 Roswell St., Marietta, www.cobbcat.org
April 8 at 6 p.m., Take Back The Night rally, Hurt Park, Georgia State University, 100 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, takebackthenight.org
April 14 at 5 p.m., Emory University School of Medicine, Room 130, 1648 Pierce Drive, Atlanta, Emory University Global Summit-GHHS Organizing Team, ghhs2013.org
April 19 at 9:50 a.m., Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Seminar, Chattahoochee Tech, 5198 Ross Road, Building 400, Acworth, www.chattahoocheeTech.edu/service-learning
April 21 at 8:45 a.m., Harlem United Methodist Church, 115 W. Milledgeville Road, Harlem, Ga., harlemgaumc.org
For more information, contact VOICE Today at 678-644-5589 or log onto voicetoday.org.
Childhood sexual abuse by the numbers:
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused
The average age of those abused is 9
70 percent of sexual assaults in the U.S. happen to a child under the age of 18
90 percent are assaulted by someone they know and trust
1 abuser can victimize up to 400 children
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention