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Know about Child Sexual Abuse by himabinduchitta Know about Child Sexual Abuse by himabinduchitta
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child Sexual Abuse is the use of a child for sexual gratification by an older or more powerful person. The offender is usually an adult, but could also be a more powerful child. Both girls and boys are vulnerable. Besides being a public health concern, it is a crime punishable by law.

Types of Child Sexual Abuse
Child Sexual Abuse includes the following Touching and Non-Touching Behaviors (but need not be limited only to these acts)

Touching behaviors include
-Fondling a child's body for sexual pleasure
-Kissing a child with sexual undertones/inclinations.
-Rubbing genitals against a child's body.
-Sexually touching a child's body, and specifically private parts (breasts and genitals). Includes encouraging or forcing a child to do likewise.
-Making a child touch someone else's genitals, or playing sexual ("pants-down") games.
-Encouraging or forcing a child to masturbate, with the child as either a participant or observer.
-Encouraging or forcing a child to perform oral sex (mouth-to-genital contact on or by the child)
-Inserting objects or body parts (like fingers, tongue or penis) inside the vagina, mouth, or anus of a child; includes attempts of these acts.

Non-touching behaviors include
-Encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts either in person or lowering the bars of privacy
-Looking at a child sexually
-Exposing one's private body parts to a child (exhibitionism)
-Watching a child in a state of nudity, such as while undressing, using the bathroom, with or without the child's knowledge (voyeurism)
-An adult making suggestive comments to the child that are sexual in nature. Commenting on the sexual development of a child
-Encouraging or forcing a child to read/watch pornography, giving pornographic material or using the child in pornography

Myth: Children are rarely abused in India, as the Indian socio-cultural system inherently does not allow for its children to be sexually abused.
Fact: Statistical data from available research and reported incidents (from children and adult survivors) clearly indicates that child sexual abuse is a widespread problem affecting an extremely large number of children in the country.

Myth: Child sexual abuse occurs mostly in poor, illiterate families.
Fact: Child sexual abuse occurs in all social and economic classes of society.

Myth: Sexual abuse generally occurs in surroundings unfamiliar to the child.
Fact: Most children are sexually abused inside their own homes. In a predominant number of cases, abusers have the trust of children and their families and access to their homes.

Myth: Only girls are the victims of child sexual abuse.
Fact: Both girls and boys are victims.

Myth: Children with disability (differently able children) cannot be sexually abused as the abusers either find them sexually unattractive, or feel sorry for them.
Fact: All children are vulnerable to sexual abuse. Research has proven that differently able children are in fact more likely to be abused because of their increased vulnerabilities.

Myth: Children lie and make up stories about sexual abuse.
Fact: Children do not lie or weave stories about being sexually abused. The pressure to remain silent to uphold distorted concepts of honor and respect is immense. Also, children in our society are kept ignorant of sex and the possibility of abuse. Given these two facts the child is not lying when he/she relates an incident of sexual abuse.

Myth: Often precocious children provoke sexual abuse by their "seductive" behavior.
Fact: Children can never initiate sexual abuse. Terming a child's behavior "seductive" is an adult justification, projection and misinterpretation.

Myth: Children are usually abused by strangers.
Fact: The majority of abusers are known to the child and are often in positions of trust and power vis--vis the child. Example: Family, relatives, neighbours, teachers etc.

Myth: People who sexually abuse are mentally ill or "sick".
Fact: Abusers are seldom mentally ill; on the contrary they are "regular" people who lead "routine" lives

Myth: Women do not sexually abuse children.
Fact: Though most of abusers are men, a small number of women abuse children sexually.

Myth: Child sexual abuse is usually accompanied by physical violence.
Fact: In most reported cases the abuser is not physically violent but uses emotional manipulation to coerce the victim.

Myth: Somebody in the family usually knows the child is being sexually abused.
Fact: Usually nobody is aware that the child is being sexually abused.

Myth: A child should be encouraged to forget about the abuse, as there are no harmful effects of child sexual abuse.
Fact: Child sexual abuse usually has harmful effects and can lead to behavioral, emotional, physical and interpersonal problems.

Myth: Reporting of child sexual abuse can cause more harm than good.
Fact: If child sexual abuse is not reported then the same abuser may harm other children or may target the same child again.

Myth: Abuse is usually a single isolated incident.
Fact: There is very often a pattern to abuser's behaviour. They usually repeat their behaviour and with many children as well.

Myth: Only adolescent children get abused.
Fact: Children of any age can be abused. Reported incidents show that even infants have been sexually abused.
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MojoLiazon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I agree with all of this except that I think the stats are under-reported and the issue is even more widespread than we know, which is of course not a fault of your article but of society, and I have to add a qualifier to this part:

Quote: "Myth: Children lie and make up stories about sexual abuse. Fact: Children do not lie or weave stories about being sexually abused. The pressure to remain silent to uphold distorted concepts of honor and respect is immense. Also, children in our society are kept ignorant of sex and the possibility of abuse. Given these two facts the child is not lying when he/she relates an incident of sexual abuse."

This is basically true in most cases but there are exceptions where a child who is being abused or being exposed to abuse will name someone they trust, or don't feel threatened by, as their abuser when trying to seek help, even though that person may not be abusing them and may never have abused them.

They may name an innocent person because they are threatened by the one who is actually abusing them. Sometimes adult rape and abuse victims will do the same.

So when a child reports sexual abuse but the evidence point to the child's named abuser not being guilty, people need to not call the child a liar and brand them for life, but look around to find the true abuser. You see articles in the news sometimes where a child has named an abuser who is then proven to have never been alone with them or otherwise had the opportunity, and unfortunately then people tend to turn on the child instead of looking deeper into the issue. They are relating real experiences, but changing names to protect themselves, as the abusers coach them to, and in doing so they inadvertently protect the abusers. It's part of the manipulation. It's not the most common thing but it does happen and it's something to be aware of. Many children do tell on their abusers but are then called liars and stigmatized for it.

Asides from that minor addition your article is correct to the best of my knowledge. This is a serious issue that needs more public awareness, far too many think it's rare, but it's not. Keep up the good work.
Cottonee7 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
You people need to worry about the real thing and put a stop to it instead of attacking a teenager for drawing a picture of an anime little boy or girl in sexual situations.
narutofan657 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I was abused for years till I was 16 by my 2 year old younger cousin a friend who was a year older then me when I was 8 or 9 a few times by a black class mate 3 of my ex's a friend that calls me his "little sister" Even if it was just the tip in me when I was 16 by my cousin I still lost my virginity to him. I am faving this. RIGHT NOW
narutofan657 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
The class mate was when I was 14
sunythuli Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
THank you for the info.. it really helps..
TechnoWolfeh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Why are only the girls sexually abused?

Wtf is wrong with people?!
animedisneyluver809 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
It's because women are seen as less and are easier targets, and the abusers are mostly male. Horrible as it sounds, it's true :(
TechnoWolfeh Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
KofeeDotCom Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Its so tragic and shouldnt be happening thank you for making this :(
disruptedvice Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks for making this, it's truly wonderful (spreading the word). Thanks.
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