A teacher in a public high school in this country is looking out over a classroom that includes (conservatively) one in four girls and one in seven boys who have been sexually mistreated. In my early days at the mental health center in Spokane, Washington, the child therapist who worked almost exclusively with sexually abused five-and-unders, worked twelve hours a day four days a week and ten hours the fifth, eating lunch in the minutes between clients, and she had a six month waiting list. That’s in a county that might have included 350,000 people.
The two categories of people most often diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in this country are soldiers and sex abuse victims, and from a mental health perspective we treat them both about the same. They go to war – and believe me, if you’re a victim of that kind of abuse, you’ve been to war – and expect them to deal with the damage with almost no help. The New York Times reports we’re losing a soldier a day to suicide. There’s no way to calculate the number we’re losing from that other war.
There rest of the post is here. I can hear Crutcher’s voice in my head as I reads this. I wonder if he might do a podcast of it so that everyone else could hear him, too.