What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is common nowadays. But how to get help? Check out here!

Sexual Abuse Definition 

Sexual abuse is any sort of non-consensual sexual contact. Sexual abuse can happen to men or women of any age.  Sexual abuse by a partner/intimate can include derogatory name calling, refusal to use contraception, deliberately causing unwanted physical pain during sex, deliberately passing on sexual diseases or infections and using objects, toys, or other items (e.g. baby oil or lubricants) without consent and to cause pain or humiliation.

Child Sexual Abuse

We define child sexual abuse as "any sexual act with a child performed by an adult or an older child."  Child sexual abuse could include a number of acts, including but not limited to: 

  • Sexual touching of any part of the body, clothed or unclothed;
  • Penetrative sex, including penetration of the mouth;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity, including masturbation;
  • Intentionally engaging in sexual activity in front of a child;
  • Showing children pornography, or using children to create pornography;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in prostitution.

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Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse

We suggest that parents and adults can watch for behavior changes in children that may indicate sexual abuse, such as:  

  • A noticeable fear of a person or certain places;
  • Unusual response from the child when asked if he or she was touched;
  • Unreasonable fear of a physical exam;
  • Drawings that show sexual acts;
  • Abrupt changes in behavior, such as bed-wetting or losing control of his or her bowels;
  • Sudden awareness of genitals and sexual acts and words;
  • Attempting to get other children to perform sexual acts.

If your child discloses sexual abuse to you, please believe him or her and seek medical and psychological assistance for both the child and yourself. 

How to Get Help

If you are a sexual abuse survivor, or you think you may have been a victim of sexual abuse, peer support can be very helpful. Remember that it was not your fault. Find a group where phycologist can help you.

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