Many cases of child sexual abuse by family members stay buried for years

Anatomically-correct dolls are seen in a room where police officers speak with victims of child sexual abuse. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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SINGAPORE - Many intra-familial sexual abuse cases can stay hidden for years because victims may not know they are being abused or are afraid to get their abusers in trouble.

In a 2003 review by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) on 38 local child sexual abuse cases, 16 victims told someone about the abuse within a week, and 15 made the disclosure in one to eight months.

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