A local group is trying to answer some of those questions in hopes of preventing more abuse in the community.
The Buffalo Survivors Group led a discussion about the trauma of child abuse Wednesday night. It was in response to the case of Paul Gaeda, a youth leader in Buffalo’s Lovejoy community, who is accused of abusing young boys in the 1980s and ’90s.
The Survivors Group says only 7 percent of child abusers are strangers. That means most are known to the child.
Often, that person inserts themselves in a professional role that gives them access, opportunity, and trust with the child.
“They’re skilled at understanding who comes from broken homes, who are lonely, getting bullied, need a friend. They’re skilled at that process,” the group said.
The Buffalo Survivors Group works to advocate, support and educate survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse.
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