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The FIONA Project is a music-video and concert movement to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and to generate much needed funding for prevention education and survivor support programs.
20-25% of all children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, often by someone they know. Unfortunately, feelings of shame, fear and powerlessness–coupled with a lack of trust that anyone can or will protect them–prevents 9 out of 10 children who are being abused from telling anyone what is happening to them; and those who do try to tell are often misunderstood, not supported or not believed.
Without proper care, the effects of childhood sexual abuse are devastating and life-long, causing many psychological and physical symptoms over the course of the survivor’s life. Some common side-effects of childhood sexual abuse include but are not limited to:
Children can be taught safe boundaries and behaviors; and what to do if someone is hurting them. Adults can gain a better understanding of this widespread social epidemic and how predators groom children for abuse, plus common symptoms of sexual abuse in a child and what to do if they suspect a child is being abused.
It is important to understand that child sexual abuse happens every day and causes serious, sometimes life-long effects.
It is equally important to understand: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!