Why kids don’t recognize they’ve been sexually abused until much later in life

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A Crane for Each Child; Students Seek End to Child Abuse. Credit: CT Senate Democrats

“Leaving Neverland” is a documentary about sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson. It features two men who say Jackson molested them when they were kids. There’s been some backlash against HBO and Jackson’s accusers because they previously denied any sexual misconduct took place. But often young victims of sexual abuse don’t realize that they were abused. They don’t understand it until they’re older, if at all.

Credits

Guests:
Bessel Bessel van der Kolk - Boston University School of Medicine; author of “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma”, Gail Goodman - UC Davis

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer, Rosalie Atkinson, Adriana Cargill