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         Sharon's Story

My name is Sharon Berry and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. For 35 years I kept a secret. For 35 years, the first thing on my mind each morning was keeping this secret. In 1991, at age 46 I started having panic attacks and became very depressed, to the extent that I had  trouble leaving my house. I was an award winning interior designer, owned my own business, and found I didn’t have the patience to deal with the public anymore. I started  making excuse after excuse for not keeping appointments.

I became afraid of everything and everyone. My nightmares started invading my daytime. Suicide was on my mind constantly. I quickly lost the ability to function. I finally had to close my business and go to bed, as I was both physically and emotionally drained. I visited doctor after doctor looking for answers, and each time I was asked if I had been sexually abused as a child. I finally consulted a therapist and that started me on my road to recovery.

My therapist showed me that abuse comes in many forms and my story has many layers since I had multiple abusers. I was raped at age eight by a teenage neighbor boy and molested by my older brother at age 11. At 13 I was dating a physically abusive 19 year old boy with the nickname ‘Zorro’ who drove a motorcycle. One day I walked in on ‘Zorro’ performing a sexual act on my mother. My relationship with my mother became strained after that incident and she lost any control over me she might have had. At fifteen I was brutally date raped by a 26 year old man, and by the time I was 17 I found myself pregnant and married to a man 10 years older who was physically, verbally and emotionally abusive.

While in therapy I found writing worked as a catharsis, clearing away some of the painful memories. My third husband Max, a successful musician, thought putting out a disc about recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse could benefit other survivors. The CD Who Will Save The Children is a direct result of my healing process.

What I endured as a child will affect me for the rest of my life, and although there is no way to undo what was done, I hope to educate people about the consequences of abuse and help stop the cycle.

Maybe if each one of us stood up and said, “No more!” the abuse will stop, and the question, Who Will Save The Children, will be answered.

The Who Will Save The Children CD was created from Sharon Berry’s struggle to deal with being molested as a child. Spending six years in therapy she met her demons head-on and conquered them, going on to work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and dedicating herself to non-profit work . Sharon has been a keynote speaker at many functions, including educational seminars and adult survivors’ support groups. The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City honored Sharon in their book  “A Celebration of Women 1995”. Sharon is the author of “The Cats, Max  and Me, The Autobiography of a Cat-a-holic”, and is currently editing her autobiography.

Statistics Surrounding Child Sexual Abuse

•1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 .

•An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.

  (An estimated 905,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect in 2006 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008)

•30-40% of victims are abused by family members, while another 50% are abused by someone outside the family whom they know and trust.

•Approximately 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know.

•Therefore, only 10% are abused by strangers.

•The median age for reported abuse is 9 years old.

•More than 20% of children are sexually abused before the age of 8.

•Over 30% of victims never disclose the experience to anyone.

Consequences of child sexual abuse begin affecting children and families immediately. They also affect society in innumerable and negative ways. These effects can continue throughout the life of the survivor so the impact on society from just one survivor continues over multiple decades.

These statistics were gathered from the nonprofit organization and initiative Darkness to Light website located in Charleston, SC. whose mission is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse so that more children will grow up healthy and whole. Their program raises awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react to the reality of child sexual abuse.

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