In a country with little legal protection or psychosocial support, victims might be lucky to escape their abusers but not their past. Almost by default, prostitution has become a common fallback for many abused boys.
The World's Marco Werman wanted to get a taste of what the people who patrol our waters do, and what their job is like these days. So he joined the Coast Guard on patrol at their base, right here in Boston harbor.
Experts say the stigma that still surrounds domestic violence is a big problem. They hope to address that with new legislation that guarantees job security for victims of domestic abuse and requires employers to give them paid time off to deal with the consequences.