Sharron Dansby is the founder and Executive Director of Maximizing God’s Woman, Inc.
Maximizing God’s Woman, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that helps women survivors of child sexual abuse to embrace their life experiences and pursue their desired destiny through educational materials and seminars, life coaching, and mentoring.
The National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey of 8,000 American women found that 1 out of 6 women had been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
The real prevalence of child sexual abuse is unknown because so many victims do not disclose or report their abuse. 73% of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years. Some never disclose (Smith et al., 2000; Broman-Fulks et al., 2007)
Adult retrospective studies show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). This means there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S.
Children of every gender, age, race, ethnicity, background, socioeconomic status and family structure are at risk. No child is immune.
Family and acquaintance child sexual abuse perpetrators have reported that they look for specific characteristics in the children they choose to abuse.
1. Training to educate on awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse
2. Group Sessions to assist in becoming healthy and overcome the long-term effects of abuse
3. Seminars and Workshops to help create balanced lives and focus on building strengths
4. Mentoring to promote healthy relationships
5. Life Coaching to help women pursue their desired future