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Screenplay, direction, production, editing Santiago Samaniego https://www.santiagosamaniego.com/?lang=en SYNOPSIS: A fifteen year old kid is sent to a juvenile detention center after admitting to sexually abusing a girl. The therapeutic intervention with the youngster and his family surfaces the secrets and…

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Screenplay, direction, production, editing Santiago Samaniego

https://www.santiagosamaniego.com/?lang=en

SYNOPSIS: A fifteen year old kid is sent to a juvenile detention center after admitting to sexually abusing a girl. The therapeutic intervention with the youngster and his family surfaces the secrets and distortions that nourish them all.

CONTEXT: It is estimated that 23% of women and 15% of men have been victims of some type of sexual abuse during childhood. Although the Media very often alarms about sexual predators that are strangers to victims, these cases are rare, being only from 2 to 5%. The reality is that 80% of the cases of child sexual abuse are intrafamiliar. That means that the perpetrator is a member of the family or someone very close to the family. Of those intrafamiliar cases, father-daughter incest is the 15%, the remaining 65% involve siblings, uncles, cousins, step-siblings, grandparents and partners living in the same home. It is also estimated that 20 to 25% of all sexual crimes perpetrated against minors are committed by other minors. In addition, the vast majority of adult sexual offenders who have gone through therapy come to recognize having committed the first abuse while they were still underage. Women offenders are around 15% of all the cases. Also, only 2% of child abuse cases are known and reported to the police at the time they take place. All other victims are condemned to live with the consequences in solitude, which also means that the offenders increase the number of abuses and victims.

It is estimated that 25% of all sexually abused boys become abusers when they get older. This fact confirms that violence and abusive behaviors are somehow transmitted generation after generation; victims of physical or sexual abuse –and even witnesses of such abuse– are at risk of becoming perpetrators themselves. We must be careful with this statement because for many victims of child abuse, it is a burden they must live with, besides the pain they already go through. The truth is that there is no crystal ball able to foresee the future behavior of a victim of sexual abuse but it is clear that –from a psychological and sociological point of view– there is a pattern in abusive behavior: a significant number of victims who are unable to cope with their own pain, end up becoming victimizers themselves. The importance of shock-absorbing factors –family, social relationships, self-esteem, etc.– in reducing the psychological impact on victims seems to be extremely important to avoid this pattern. For the same reason, it is imperative that the abuse is detected as soon as posible because the earlier the rehabilitation therapy begins, the more chances of success there will be for victims –and for perpetrators as well.

CAST:

Interviewer Jorge Cabrera
Youngster Carlos Lorenzo
Mother Isabel Ampudia
Coordinator Silvia Hernández
Boy Saúl Esgueva
Child Therapist María Vázquez
Security Guard Pablo Vidal
Father Alfonso Mendiguchía
Therapist Jorge Suquet
Daugther Alba Esgueva
Teenagers at therapy Hugo Guerrero
Pablo Quijano
David Alba
Antón Seoane
Sandra Melero

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