your "long post" makes perfect sense, and i agree with your assessment,
especially the last paragraph.
but this is pure gold!
I was silent about my abuse,
how many more were hurt because of my silence.
Someone asked me, was I hurt because of someone's silence?
i was not the first victim. i was not the last.
this disease is so much bigger than the people it infects.
if these assaults had nothing to do with sex,
and the criminals were just going around smacking and kicking and punching children with the same magnitude and frequency,
this would qualify as a national emergency and there would be a public outcry.
we would have action.
i have seen some amazing wonderful things happen when the people get together to fix their own society.
it only takes focus and effort and communication.
unfortunately, when the sexual abuse of children is mentioned,
the conversation falls silent, individuals become nervous,
and reluctance and avoidance kicks in.
regardless of their own personal experience with CSA,
very few people can handle the subject in open dialogue,
this topic is way too close to our souls.
it is just too personal for most.
until there is meaningful discussion, on a massive social scale,
there will be no progress.
right now we don't even have public awareness.
i guess, because i am right in the middle of the controversy, i simply don't see the problem or the solution. i just know this is wrong.