Quote of the day: ABUSE

June 10, 2012

ABUSE

As [lawyer Paul] Mones said: “It’s counterintuitive, but sexual abuse emotionally binds the child closer to the person who has harmed him, setting him up for a life plagued by suspicion and confusion, because he will never be sure who he can really trust. And in my experience, this is by far the worst consequence of sexual abuse.” That’s one reason, he said, why those few victims who ever speak out at all tend to do so only after the abuser is dead or dying: telling the truth while the other person is still strong enough to deny it, or to blame the accuser, is just too terrifying.

— Amos Kamil, “Prep School Predators: The Horace Mann School’s Secret History of Sexual Abuse,” New York Times Magazine, June 10, 2010

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