To ensure secrecy, predators may threaten a child’s life or the lives of those she loves.
More often, shame and confusion at whether she “deserves” to complain about so foreign an act as sexual violation complicate the picture for the child. If the predator is a family member or similar trusted adult, the child may actually wish to protect him or her.
Add to this the reluctance of some adults to believe that evil exists. Confronted by it, they ignore evidence which should be obvious. Easier to formulate alternate explanations for the unthinkable than do something about it.
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