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

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.

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