For many children, child abuse begins in the church. The earlier the indoctrination, the harsher the potential abuse can be. An example being a child be told over and over by a parent that the pastor is always right. So when the child is told by the pastor that they need to do "certain things" to get closer to God, but "don't tell anyone because this is special for you", what is the child supposed to do? If the indoctrination has be frequent and strong enough, that child will do what they are told.
On January 20, 2014, a significant 24 hour live Youtube even was held called the International Day of Protest Against Hereditary Religion. Many of the personal stories would break your heart. Many of the statistics would make you angry enough to do something. At 9 am US Pacific time, your host at WCW, Rob Robinson was on telling about child abuse in Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses and other "religions" I have included that interview here. The rest of the links to the even are at the bottom of this page.
"Vulnerable naive children all over the world are routinely consigned by their parents to faith organizations to be groomed as members of the parent’s faith. Toddlers are led into religious houses of worship and surrounded by hundreds and perhaps even thousands of emotional adherents. The experience often overwhelms and frightens children who have no way of processing what is happening. Most adults commonly encounter difficulty understanding supernatural bizarre religious ideas and rituals. Accordingly, children can suffer emotional trauma and anxiety as a result of practices fostered by the cultural acceptance of endorsing hereditary religion. Universally, civil authorities are oblivious to the way the practice violates a child's human rights and the emotional damage it can inflict. Although civil libertarians have long objected to childhood indoctrination, perpetrators unfailingly offer the defense of free will. They argue a child is always free to choose a different faith, or no faith, when they reach their majority, (usually 18 years), and leave the family home. This is an incoherent argument because determined and repeated efforts are made during the child's formative years to insure they will never leave the faith. Furthermore, recent brain science research reveals conclusively that constant repetition of the same inputs to the brain results in permanent neuronal configurations that are nearly impervious to change without great difficulty. Moreover, leading researchers increasingly question the age old assumption that free will is a fact. Instead, they assert that free will is a convenient illusion. Rigorous and prolonged religious grooming that happens to children before their brains are completely developed can shape their thought processes for life. Such abuse ignores children’s human right to an open future free of wanton manipulation and interference and can set them on a path of rigid dogmatism." – IDPAHR
Here are the links to the entire event. Thank you for reading.