2020年7月28日，美国堪萨斯城地方新闻采访了一位在孩童时期遭受性侵的女生。这位名叫艾琳娜（Elena Nanneman）的22岁女生用自己的亲身经历，为保护受性侵影响的儿童提供了希望。7至8岁的童年时期，艾琳娜曾在爷爷的教堂里被一位长者长期性侵，且这位长者是他们家非常信任的一位朋友。在一次“公开的骚扰”中，性侵犯者的恶行才浮出水面。艾琳娜的父母知道此事后，将她带到了一个叫Sunflower House的专注于受暴力和性侵的儿童保护和支持机构。机构的工作人员是有专业知识的社会工作者，他们为那些受到创伤的儿童提供了一个非常安全且令人安心的环境，使得他们不像在警察局那样害怕地讲出这一切。Sunflower House还给孩子们设计了一个玩具屋，他们可以选择自己喜欢的玩具。艾琳娜说，在Sunflower House里经历的一切让她至今记忆犹新，工作人员让孩童时期的她明白，他们相信她说的话，会为她提供帮助。同时，她也渐渐明白这一切不是她的错，从创伤中渐渐恢复过来，勇敢地面对这一切。如今，22岁的艾琳娜已成为Sunflower House的发言人之一，她用自己的故事鼓励那些和她一样的受害者。
Professional Social Agencies Provide Hope for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
Key words: Child sexual abuse, Methods of protecting sexually abused child, Child protection agency
On July 28, 2020, Kansas City Local News interviewed a girl who was sexually abused as a child. The 22-year-old girl named Elena Nanneman used her own experience to offer hope for sexual abused survivors. During her childhood from 7 to 8 years old, Elena was sexually abused by an elder in her grandfather’s church for a long time, and this elder was a very trusted and loved friend of their family. In a “public harassment”, the abuse of the sexual offender came forward. After Elena’s parents learned of this, they took her to a child protection and support agency called Sunflower House that specialized in cases of physical and sexual abuse. The staff of the agency were trained and licensed social workers with expertise. They provided a very safe and reassuring environment for children who had been traumatized, so that they were not afraid to tell what happened to them as in the police station. Sunflower House also designed a dollhouse for children, where they could choose their favorite toys. Elena said that everything she experienced in Sunflower House was still fresh in her memory. The staff let her as a child understand that they believed what she said and were there to help her. At the same time, she also understood that all this was not her fault, which was one of the most important goals of Sunflower House. She gradually recovered from the trauma, and bravely faced all this. Today, 22-year-old Elena has become one of the spokespersons of Sunflower House. She uses her story to encourage victims like her.
Writer: Jinying GuoUsually, children need timely and professional psychological intervention and treatment after being sexually abused. Professional agencies like Sunflower House can do that and let the victims tell the details of what happened to them and vent their emotions. This is precisely the crucial method for children to heal their wounds. Social institutions similar to Sunflower House should be more popular and professional in society. At the same time, the cooperation between such institutions and the police should also be considered, as well as to what extent the children’s experiences in the institution can be used as criminal evidence against the offender. In addition, it is important to make the children realize that this is not their fault. Parents should provide their children psychological comfort as soon as possible, and seek help from professional agencies to reduce secondary injuries. Of course, to prevent such things from happening, we must give children proper sex education and safety education, such as not letting strangers touch their private parts of their bodies, and when someone behave strangely to their bodies, they are supposed to tell the parents immediately.
Translator: Jinying Guo
Editor: Jiahe Cao