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Updated: 12/07/2011 11:48 pm
     "They keep talking about  the victims, the victims, the victims.  We don't need to be treated like we're victims.  They're survivors," says Ryan Huff.

     Ryan is a survivor of child sex abuse and the Penn State scandal has rekindled a lot of bad memories.

     "I was 5-years-old and was sexually abused by a neighbor.  She  was a baby-sitter.  It happened for a couple years.She threatened my two older brothers and the biggest power she had over me was that she threatened to feed rat poison to my dog," explains Ryan.

     It wasn't until Ryan was 14-year-old and started acting out that he finally got the help he needed.

     "I had a school counselor sit down with me and my parents and suggest a professional child psychologist. He said there had to be something more going on that I was covering up," comments Ryan.

     He says that child psychologist allowed him to reveal his dark secret.
    
     "She was able to remove a lot of the fear that I had, which is what then brought to light what had been going on because I could let those walls down but for the longest time I had held on that it was my fault and that something would happen to somebody I love,' says Ryan.

     Now in his 30s, Ryan is married with two young sons and wants to speak out about his struggles, in order to help other sexual abuse survivors.

     "It doesn't define you.  You can take what has happened to you and use it for good.  Get out there and be a voice, get out there and give support to the prevention of child abuse, to the prevention of sexual abuse," explains Ryan.

     Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky has resources for parents and victims.  For more information, go to http://www.pcaky.org/
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