Silence common in child sexual abuse cases
By Donna Leinwand Leger

Experts say many bystanders who witness inappropriate behavior or even obvious sexual abuse remain silent, too horrified to report what they have seen.

\"It\'s not that it\'s so invisible. It\'s that it remains a silent crime. People worry if they say anything they could ruin someone\'s life,\" said Maia Christopher, executive director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Beaverton, Ore. \"Now everyone is asking what did you see and who did what (at Penn State). We know that people did see things and did not respond in a way that could help.\"


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