Today, in the United States there are more than 42 million survivors of sexual abuse. 1 in 3 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18. 1 in 5 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18. 30% of sexual abuse is never reported. 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. There is worse lasting emotional damage when a child’s sexual abuse started before the age of six, and lasted for several years. Among child and teen victims of sexual abuse, there is a 42 percent increased chance of suicidal thoughts during adolescence.
Latisha B. Russell and I begin our conversation by focusing on the 3 things children must do to protect themselves from sexual abuse.
With a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ball State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Human Resources from the University of Phoenix, Colorado, and adjunct professor appointments at multiple colleges and universities, Latisha has always touted the importance of education. For Latisha, the topic of child sexual abuse is a personal one. Using her own experiences, she has made it her mission to inspire women of sexual trauma by sharing her story of triumph and overcoming.
What you can expect
00:00 Welcome & Introduction
03:25 The 3 things we must teach our children so they can protect themselves from sexual abuse
07:38 Moving beyond “it was fine…”
14:00 How does sexual abuse set the trajectory of the victim’s life?
19:19 I didn’t want to die – How Latisha came out of the cycle of toxicity
23:18 The biggest challenge facing Black men and women who have faced childhood sexual abuse
26:07 Dealing with unconscious bias in the Black community
33:16 Latisha and Dr. Joan speak about the healing work that needs to begin in the Black community
38:27 Latisha, speaks about what she is here to build
41:25 Prayer for Latisha Russell
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