Why We Need to Talk About Father-Daughter Incest

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It’s been over five years since the case of Larry Nassar shocked the world and incited an international conversation about father-daughter incest. In the past years, we’ve seen many brave women share their own stories, but we haven’t had much discussion on this topic in popular culture or media outlets. It’s time to talk about father-daughter incest openly so that victims can get the support they need, and so that potential victims can be empowered to stop abuse before it starts. Now, let us see why we need to talk about father-daughter incest.

Statistics in Africa

Incest is a huge problem in Africa. A recent study found that up to 60% of African girls are victims of incest. This is often due to cultural beliefs that perpetuate the idea that it’s okay for a man to have sex with his daughter. This needs to change. We need to talk about this issue and raise awareness in order to help curb father-daughter incest in Africa.

Statistics Around the World

Though it may be difficult to talk about, father-daughter incest is a reality in many homes around the world. According to the World Health Organization, over two million girls under the age of 18 are sexually abused by a family member each year. And of those cases, fathers or stepfathers are responsible for 60%. Unfortunately, as these numbers show, there is an epidemic of father-daughter incest and we need to start talking about it now.

What Does It Mean? Father-daughter incest happens when a girl’s own dad has sex with her without her consent. It can also happen when she consents but isn’t old enough to legally give consent yet (legally speaking), like in countries where you’re considered an adult at 16 years old (i.e., Canada). A lot of people might not understand why this would happen, but one reason could be that the dad wants his daughter all to himself because he feels threatened by other men wanting her and thus takes advantage of her vulnerability when she’s still so young and impressionable.

How It Happens

Father-daughter incest is one of the most taboo subjects imaginable. And yet, it’s also one of the most common forms of child abuse. In fact, studies suggest that up to 1 in 10 girls will be sexually abused by their fathers at some point in their childhood. It can start out innocently enough. A dad might want to teach his daughter how to shave her legs or use a tampon. But these lessons often lead to other lessons on how a man should touch a woman and before long, the daughter becomes the perpetrator’s sexual outlet and gets trapped in a cycle of grooming and molestation.

How To Prevent it

While incest between a father and daughter may seem like a taboo topic, it’s important that we talk about it in order to prevent it from happening. Here are five ways we can help prevent incest.

 1) Teach children what is appropriate touching: Children should be taught where their body parts are and what type of touching is okay.

2) Make sure adults never tell children secrets: In some cases, parents will make their children feel special by telling them secrets which could lead to abuse or make the child feel obligated to participate in inappropriate behavior.

3) Let kids know it’s not their fault if someone touches them inappropriately: Kids need to know that they don’t have to put up with inappropriate touch no matter who does it.

4) Tell kids how they can say no when someone wants to touch them inappropriately: Kids need to know how they can say no when someone wants to touch them inappropriately.

5) Have a tell an adult plan for your family and teach your kids how to use it if something happens: Families should have a tell an adult plan for themselves and teach their children how they would use this plan if something happened.

Emotional Consequences

Father-daughter incest is one of the most taboo subjects imaginable. And yet, it’s also one of the most common forms of abuse. Survivors of father-daughter incest often suffer from a lifetime of shame, guilt, and self-blame. They may have difficulty trusting men and maintaining healthy relationships. They may also struggle with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It’s important that we break the silence around this issue and start talking about it openly.

The Financial Impact

Father-daughter incest is a much more common problem than most people realize. In fact, it is estimated that up to one in four girls are sexually abused by their fathers before they turn 18. This type of abuse can have a profound impact on a victim’s life, both emotionally and financially.

How To Get Help

If you’re a victim of incest, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. There are many people who have gone through what you’re going through, and there is help available. Here are some ways to get the support you need 1) Reach out to family members. 2) Contact a therapist. 3) Go to a domestic violence center or rape crisis center in your area. 4) Find an online forum where you can chat anonymously with other survivors of father-daughter incest 5) Join an online support group for victims of father-daughter incest 6) Get involved in activism work by contacting local organizations that work on sexual abuse issues


When we talk about incest, we often think of it as something that happens between two consenting adults. But when one of those people is a child, it’s a completely different story. That’s why I want you to know how father-daughter incest can happen and what you can do if you’re concerned about someone you know.

This may be hard for some of us to read or even hear, but it’s important because we have the power to help someone who needs it–whether they’re our friends or family members or just people in our community. Please, share your views on why we need to talk about father-daughter incest. Thanks.

4 thoughts on “Why We Need to Talk About Father-Daughter Incest”

  1. Father-daughter incest is a big issue in Africa,but people are silent over this issue. There is hardly a day that one will not read ugly stories of young girls been molested by their own fathers. Something urgent need to be done.

  2. Nice contribution. The fact remains that, there are lots of young girls going through abuse from their own fathers but they don’t have the courage to speak out.

  3. This is an interesting topic. But we need to also talk about mother-son incest. I read about a mother that have been having sex with her second son. She claimed that the husband doesn’t satisfy her in bed anymore.

    1. You are right, we also have young boys that are going through hard times from their own mothers because they have been turned into sex toys.

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