FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The fallout from the Penn State child sex scandal has caused other universities to take action.
The dozen student athletes gathered in the TCU Field House Thursday weren’t there to talk about sports stategies or the next basketball season. They were there to hear about child molestation.
“Inside the video you will actually see survivors telling their stories,” a counselor from Fort Worth’s Alliance for Children, a child advocacy group, told the members of TCU’s ladies basketball team.
Before the basketball players can teach at summer basketball camp, they’re required to learn about identifying and reporting child sexual abuse. They’re given workbooks and watch videos of counselors, educators and child molestation victims telling their stories.
What they’re learning is, more often than not, you’d never suspect the person who is molesting the child.
A woman who we’ll refer to as Cindy had no idea her step father was sexually assaulting her six year old girl until she made a comment about male anatomy no six year old should have known about. (Ed. note: We’ve decided to change her name to avoid any chance of her daughter being identified as a victim of sexual abuse.)
“I never thought that for a second, that he was capable of that,” she said. “It was like being hit by a Mack truck. My whole world just crumbled.”
Cindy sought help at Alliance for Children in Hurst. The three Alliance locations house counselors, resource workers and police. They handle 23-hundred cases just like hers every year.
Alliance for Children finds half of all the victims are under the age of twelve. Ninety-three percent are related to or know their abuser, Alliance says.
And most child victims never report the abuse.
They’re traits of abuse counselors say you find whether its Edward’s case or a nationally followed case like at Penn State.
“You see a situation like a coach, or a university or a situation like sanduski was in a kid automatically admires that person and trusts them and it makes that situation that much easier for a predator,” said Kim Rocha, a prevention specialist with Alliance for Children.
Cindy’s daughter is now safe from her attacker.
“He is in prison,” she said. “He was sentenced to 22 years. And hopefully he will die there.”
Alliance for Children hopes seminars like this will prevent other, life-changing assaults like the one Cindy’s daughter suffered.