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National Center for Victims of Crime Statement on the Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Former Speaker Dennis Hastert


May 29, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

Washington, DC -- “Unfortunately, this is one more example of a well-regarded person in a position of trust abusing their power. These allegations underscore why the National Center for Victims of Crime is working across the country to reform and lift statutes of limitation on child sex abuse cases,” commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

Research confirms that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sex abuse, and a majority of those who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well. And when high-profile cases are made public, victims of sexual abuse often experience additional trauma. The National Center for Victims of Crime encourages all victims who need support to seek counseling and assistance. Additional information on child sexual abuse can be found at http://www.victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse.