“The victim is harmed not just by the cruelty of the oppressor,
but by the silence of the bystander.”
– Elie Wiesel

For information on Colorado-specific data:

Community Performance Center
Data Matters
Colorado Department of Human Services




Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse

Child abuse has lifelong consequences and implications. Below is a TED Talk by Nadine Burke Harris, explaining that childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.


How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime – Nadine Burke Harris


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