Sibling sexual abuse (SSA) has long been the "hidden taboo" - hidden in families and hidden in society. Unfortunately, the person harmed, the perpetrator and the rest of the family are often ill-equipped to deal with the situation.
Evidence shows SSA may effect as many as 1 in 5 families. It is thought to be 5 times more prevalent than father-child abuse. SSA happens often, yet taboos around this specific type of abuse have meant there is less research and data.
The #SiblingsToo project encourages people to anonymously share their story. The honesty of the abused person, the abusive person or other family members will speak volumes to the rest of society by helping researchers and experts understand more.
We created the #SiblingsToo hashtag in 2018 for several reasons.
First, the term "SiblingsToo" is a reminder that siblings are effected by sexual abuse. It is NOT just adult to child. It is NOT just stranger to stranger. It is NOT just the teenager down the street. For decades, sibling sexual abuse has been identified all over the world, in all socioeconomic categories, religions, races, social class, and other societal markers.
Second, as a nod of respect to #MeToo, #SiblingsToo is creating a way for those who currently have no voice to be heard and understood, individually and en masse.
Third, just like other hashtags, it provides a single point of reference that draws people together. A movement of awareness and change is elevated when caring people know exactly where to find each other.
Please remember to always take care of yourself. If you feel you need additional help, please contact your doctor, therapist, religious leader or other professional.
We spend at least $400 Canadian a month to bring you the #SiblingsToo podcast, this website and various resources. While we will continue to do so, any donation you can provide from as little as $3 is helpful. The website "Buy Me A Coffee" is a safe and secure way of donating whatever you can. Please watch the video on how to donate. Thank you!
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The more people who know about this project, the more stories we will be able to gather. Statistically, there will be several people in your 'six degrees of separation' who know about this subject. Please take a moment to share the URL in any of your social media posts or just mention it to your friends, colleagues or family, even if SSA is not something you know about. By doing so, you are not implying or admitting anything. You are simply making it more likely that the people who need to find this site will.