Breaking a Taboo: Childhood Sex Abuse

Jul 23, 2012

Sometimes tragedy can cause some good.

For example, First Lady Betty Ford talks about her breast cancer diagnosis, and a taboo is broken. Efforts at prevention and treatment of breast cancer increase exponentially.

So might some good come from the scandal at Penn State? Could it break the taboo some believe is keeping us from adequately preventing and treating child sex abuse?


Ana Arias, M.S. Ed.S. - Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in treatment of children who have been sexually abused.  Associate Director of the Harrisonburg-based Collins Center.

Eileen Ryan, D.O. - Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist.  Staff Psychiatrist at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia.  Former Medical Director for UVa’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy.