Vikki T. Gaskin-Butler, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor, Arts and Sciences
Linda LaPointe, M.A. Adjunct Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Patricia Pettijohns, M.l.I.S. Librarian, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Every two minutes in America, someone is sexually abused. It affects me just because it happens so often. I remember when I was living in Haiti, sexual abuse seemed to be epidemic. I knew many perpetrators; however, they were not incarcerated. The abuse was kept a secret, and the laws that were designed to protect the rights of sexual abuse victims, especially girls or women, were not enforced. Some women in my country use voodoo as a form of revenge; others just talk about it, but do not look for justice or do they take action in order to prevent it. Most people, however, choose to keep it a secret.
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St. Jacques, Claire, "Light through Darkness: The Journey to Recovery for Women Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse" (2008). USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate).