Child abuse and neglect cost our society, not only in terms of the trauma caused to the maltreated individuals, but also in economic terms. Economic costs include the funds spent each year on child welfare services for abused and neglected children (direct costs) as well as the large sums dedicated to addressing the short- and long-term consequences of abuse and neglect (indirect costs).
see more on the economics question at: http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/res/costs.html
see more on personal accounts of child sexual abuse at:
Tori Amos: http://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/escaping-hades/tori-amos-on-being-a-rape-survivor/menu-id-806/
Oprah Winfrey: http://oprah.about.com/od/oprahbiography/p/oprahchildhood.htm
Male Survivors of Abuse: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Male-Sexual-Abuse-Survivors-Stand-Together