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-à-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.
Hi there, I love this. It's such a great resource picture to raise awareness. And that brings me to a question. Since you are credited in this picture, would it be all right if I posted this on my Facebook page? Not my personal page but one I made to raise awareness for this very subject. I would give extra credit in the description if desired.
its nice but surely useless as i figured. well in my country (germany) i can do something but it doesnt happen in our street or so because we pretty much are only families on our street and everyone knows everyone but does not really trust them and so we all watch over the children. if they fight we 100% know, if they being abused we 100% know. children and families sticking together, plus the police is very active here and controlls everything. even talking to the kids there and asking. but i figured in USA it isnt like that and no one cares there.
i tried to contact the police in USA and send them a mail. with the persons information and the reason. it was a sick man. he commented a video on youtube about inces victims. not only he sleeps with his own mother and sister (but they both seems to want it so i dont care about that part) but he also told there that he wants to sleep with the two little girls of the sister (who is married to a man while cheating on him with her brother AND she allows her brother to do it and planned it with him). those two girls are very young under 13 years old must they be because he plans on touching them on that age he said there. plus i got informet by a friend of youtube that he e-mailed her that he already seduced little girls on helloween, in princess outfits.
now its 1 months since i reported it with a friend to youtube, the USA police and here the police. but german police tried but couldnt do anything its the job of the USA police but they dont care. youtube dont care. the poeple on youtube dont care. no one cared. i started to not care to. not my country, not my problem. but serious if its the style of USA why wonder why no ones likes that country?
all the comments are disgusting but most the one of mukaikof on page 8 and 9 and then it goes on to 7-4 or so with his plans for the daughsters of the sister. he is wiritting with a friend there username is CLionQueen. many other joined him on that she was basically fighting alone there and either they were on his side or ignored him. there see the oh so great america!! where can comment stuff like that and nothing will happen. yay for trying to help or change. no wonder most dont give a damn anymore! even if you try you wont change a thing!
Thank you for making this. I believe that child abuse (or any other kind of abuse, for that matter) is disgusting, and as soon as I am allowed to, I want to help stop it! Thank you again for making this.
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