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UNDERDOG REPORT: Epstein’s Sexually Abused Victims (Part 1) Power and Strength in Disclosure

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Epstein’s Sexually Abused Victims (Part 1)

Power and Strength in Disclosure

There has been a ton of news lately about young girls who were abused by Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell. As information is released, more and more horrible and salacious details are revealed.  It appears the recruitment and rape of underage, teen, and young girls by Epstein is estimated to be over 100 females but it’s likely this number is much larger.[1]

It’s the rich and famous taking advantage of the young and defenseless.

Looking at the testimonies of just three of Epstein’s trafficked underage girls, we can estimate they were abused over 200 times over a four-year period.[2]  Not only was there sexual abuse, but mental, emotional, and physical abuse. We can only guess that with over 100 or more victims, the abuses most likely number in the thousands.

Where are the other victims? The majority of children under 18 years of age, do not disclose their abuse. Studies suggest between 16 and 25 percent of these children disclose their abuse to family and friends, and even fewer disclose to authorities.[3]

Psychology Today published an article including a list on why more victims do not come forward:

  1. Guilt, shame, and self-blame
  2. Fear of retribution from those in power
  3. Young victims unsure what has happened was wrong or inappropriate
  4. Relationship with the perpetrator[4]

Sexual abuse before the age of 18, is a serious problem impacting one in four girls. It includes many negative short-and long-term consequences such as:

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug and alcohol use, and
  • Increased propensity for suicide attempts[5]

But there are positive reasons victims should and need to come forward:[6]

  • Times have changed and it is less likely any report of sexual abuse will be buried by authorities, although it still occurs in the Military (and may even be getting worse );[7],[8] and in other institutions[9]
  • Coming forward will protect others from becoming victims
  • More reported abuse discourages other ‘potential’ abusers
  • The sooner they report abuse, the sooner the cycle can be broken[10]
  • The earlier young victims seek help, the more likely they can heal
  • The ability to obtain evidence from a medical exam, including DNA
  • The sooner abuse is disclosed, the sooner it will not continue

Regarding this last point, the Bible says if a sentence for a crime is not carried out quickly, this encourages others to scheme to do more wrong, since it appears there is no punishment for crimes.[11],[12]

The sooner you let others know about your abuse, the less likely you will have lingering negative effects. Disclosure of abuse within one year that includes in-depth discussion has been shown to protect against negative psychological effects later in life.[13] There is freedom in letting others know of your abuse. It could be a “load off your shoulders” as they say but be sure to only let those you trust, hear your story.

Survivors report that the biggest motivator of coming forward about the abuse would be the support of being believed, not being blamed, or held responsible for the abuse, and having emotional support available to them.[14] Unfortunately, another study from found that almost half (44.8%) of individuals had never disclosed the abuse to anyone.[15]

We have to do better at treating victim of abuse, but we also need to be aware of a small number of those who want to become famous or are being paid by others to cancel someone by filing a false report. Three different studies showed false reporting occurs in between 2 to 10% of all sexual assaults reported.[16]

Disclosure of abuse is a complicated with internal and external barriers. But it is through this disclosure, informally to family or friends, or formally to authorities, that survivors can access the help, resources, and support needed for healing.[17]

This is why we are reaching-outing out to victims today. If you have not disclosed your abuse, whether or not if you were a Epstein victim, consider telling your trusted family, close friend, or your pastor about it.  We also suggest the RAINN hotline (https://rainn.org 800-656-HOPE [4673]) where you can be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. RAINN has the highest positive rating of 100% from Scam Detector, an online scam rating site.[18]

You are not alone!  Next week we will explore the surprising views the Bible has on rape and sexual activity.

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 [1] https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/how-many-jeffrey-epstein-victims-are-there.html

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/29/ghislaine-maxwell-jeffrey-epstein-accusers-stories

[3] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/protecting-children-sexual-abuse/202202/why-children-don-t-tell-anyone-about-sexual-abuse

[4]  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/protecting-children-sexual-abuse/202202/why-children-don-t-tell-anyone-about-sexual-abuse

[5]  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/protecting-children-sexual-abuse/202105/the-long-lasting-consequences-child-sexual-abuse

[6]  https://www.legalreader.com/5-reasons-its-important-to-report-abuse-cases/

[7] https://abcnews.go.com/US/vanessa-guillens-death-shines-light-militarys-handling-sex/story

[8] https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2022/09/01/the-militarys-sexual-assault-problem-is-only-getting-worse/

[9] Unfortunately, the harm a victim endures becomes double and greatly increased when those in power ignore, belittle, or bury their report.

[10] https://hrionline.org/2011/12/07/the-importance-of-reporting-child-abuse/

[11]Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NIV) 11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.

[12]It’s a sad that today’s legal system takes years, sometimes decades to obtain a ruling. Many times, this bankrupts the victims and enriches only attorneys. This is not the way God want justice to be carried out.

[13]https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/protecting-children-sexual-abuse/202202/why-children-don-t-tell-anyone-about-sexual-abuse

[14] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/protecting-children-sexual-abuse/202105/the-long-lasting-consequences-child-sexual-abuse

[15] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33251613/

[16] https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/2012-03/Publications_NSVRC_Overview_False-Reporting.pdf

[17]https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/protecting-children-sexual-abuse/202202/why-children-don-t-tell-anyone-about-sexual-abuse

[18] https://www.scam-detector.com/validator/rainn-org-review/

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