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Another myth he dispelled for parents is that only men sexually abuse children and that only girls are victims..

“Fifteen percent of perpetrators are women,” he said. “More boys are actually molested because they’re less likely to tell. The mass molesters have all abused boys.

“And gay men touch gay men. Gay women touch gay women. Child molesters touch children. People with an alternative lifestyle are not more likely to molest. And child molesters molest until they are stopped.”

During each program, Hall speaks about his own experience of being molested at age 8.

“I tell them it was not a stranger,” he said. “It was my mom’s twin brother. My uncle would always have something special for me. He would take me to do things like go get ice cream.

“When a child suddenly decides he does not want to go with someone, it’s a good indicator. If they suddenly say, ‘I don’t like ice cream anymore.’ My uncle came back the very next day. Why do they do that? To test the waters. I told my mom I didn’t want to go with him.”

He said his mother pushed him to go and he was molested time and time again. It wasn’t until he was 19 that he finally had the courage to disclose the abuse to his mother and she didn’t believe him.

“That changed my life,” he said. “That year at the family reunion I saw my uncle down at the creek with the kids. When they asked for someone to pray for the meal, I offered up a special prayer.

“I said, ‘Please don’t let Uncle Paul molest any more kids. There was a lot of crying at that family reunion. I found out I was third in line of 15 kids he molested.”

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