Read this article http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/01/america-has-an-incest-problem/272459/ a couple of weeks ago, and thought that it should be disseminated on a broader basis.
From the article:
“Here are some statistics that should be familiar to us all, but aren’t, either because they’re too mind-boggling to be absorbed easily, or because they’re not publicized enough. One in three-to-four girls, and one in five-to-seven boys are sexually abused before they turn 18, an overwhelming incidence of which happens within the family. These statistics are well known among industry professionals, who are often quick to add, “and this is a notoriously under-reported crime.” (this paragraph has three links backing up its claims in the original)
Apparently incest is a widespread problem problem in the US (and likely in the rest of the world as well), and is undoubtedly causing a ton of damage to individuals and society at large (criminality is correlated with child abuse to a large extent as I understand it from many sources). From watching a fair amount of videos from Stefan Molyneux (https://www.youtube.com/user/stefbot) – an excellent resource on psychology and self-help IMO – I have come to understand that child abuse in general is also quite widespread and harmful, but can be recovered from with skilled assistance (Mr. Molyneux is leading a very happy and successful life at present despite having a terrible childhood and often counsels people during his Sunday call-in shows).
I am not a psychologist and cannot competently answer questions about this topic, though I will reference http://www.reddit.com/r/depression and http://www.reddit.com/r/SuicideWatch/ for those looking for additional resources on this issue. For those unfamiliar with reddit, in is an online forum dedicated to anonymity, anyone can get an account there in under a minute without revealing any personal information (not even an e-mail address), and can begin browsing or posting immediately.