As I said in my previous blog [Child Abuse Survivors and the Justice System - Part 1], everything is stacked against a survivor of child abuse who wants to seek justice. Survivors are invisible to most Americans, so much so that even when sensational media attention is focused on child abuse, adult survivors don’t even come up in the discussion.
An excellent example is the child molestation case at Penn State. With 96,000 students, there has to be adult survivors of child abuse on campus. If I had been a student, and while studying for classes and exams I had to listen 24/7 about the child molestation case, there is no doubt in my mind that I would have been constantly triggered with memories about my own abuse. Did you hear the President of Penn State voice any concern about the students who were survivors on campus? I didn’t. As I said, we are invisible to the extent that our needs never appear to be of any concern.
So, fighting this overall denial by the general public is another major obstacle for survivors to overcome. Hopefully, you can see how this would be a major issue in the court room with jurors, judges, etc. The survivor would have to confront this pervasive practice of denial with everyone involved (judges to jurists) even though it is unspoken.