Any type of abuse of children or a family member needs is reported to authorities with immediate professional evaluation and treatment.
Sexual abuse of a child can occur in the family, from a parent, step-parent, sibling or other relatives; or outside the home, such as, by a friend, neighbor, child care person, teacher, or stranger.
Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure (of the genitals, female nipples, etc.) to a child with intent to gratify their own sexual desires or to intimidate or groom the child, physical sexual contact with a child, or using a child to produce child pornography.
Tell whether a child has been sexually abused not easy. Child sexual abuse has a range of sexual behaviors that take place with a child and an older person. These behaviors arouse the older person in a sexual way. All sexual offenders and predators have one goal, being able to victimize child for self-gratification.
Researchers estimate that in our country about 1 out of 6 boys and 1 out of 4 girls are sexually abused.
Sexual abuse of children reported 80,000 times a year. Jessica’s Law Now feels that is more since many cases unreported instances is far greater, because the children are afraid to tell anyone what has happened, and the legal procedure for validating an episode is difficult.
Offenses’ Of Child Sexual Abuse:
Child sexual abuse refers to the use of children in sexual activities when, because of their immaturity and developmental level, they cannot understand or give informed consent. A wide range of activities included in sexual abuse, including contact and non-contact activities.
Contact activities-sexualized kissing, fondling, masturbation, and digital and/or object penetration of the vagina and/or anus, as well as oral-genital, genital-genital, and anal-genital contact.
Non-contact activities-exhibitionism, inappropriate observation of child (e.g., while the child is dressing, using the toilet, bathing), the production or viewing of pornography, or involvement of children in prostitution.
Child sexual abuse involves a form of body contact. This could include sexual kissing, touch, and oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Not all sexual abuse involves body contact.
Flashing-action showing private parts, forcing children to watch pornography, verbal pressure for sex, and exploiting children as prostitutes or for pornography is sexual abuse as well.
Sexual assault–an adult touches a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification; example, rape (including sodomy), and sexual penetration with an object. Most U.S. states include, in their definitions of sexual assault, any penetrative contact of a minor’s body, however slight, if the contact performed for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Sexual exploitation–adult victimize a minor for advancement, sexual gratification, or profit; such as, prostituting a child and creating or trafficking in child pornography.
Sexual grooming-social conduct of a potential child sex offender who seeks to make a minor more accepting of their advances, such as in an online chat room.
When sexual abuse has occurred, a child can develop a variety of distressing feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
Sexually abused children suffer from more psychological symptoms than children who have not been abused; studies have found symptoms in 51 percent to 79 percent of sexually abused children. The risk of harm is greater if the abuser is a relative, if the abuse involves intercourse or attempted intercourse, or if threats or force used. The level of harm may also be affected by various factors such as penetration, duration and frequency of abuse, and use of force. The social stigma of child sexual abuse may compound the psychological harm to children, and adverse outcomes are less likely for abused children who have supportive family environments
Often there are no obvious external signs of child sexual abuse. Some signs can only be detected on physical exam by a physician. unusual interest in or avoidance of all things of a sexual nature, sleep problems or nightmares, depression or withdrawal from friends or family, sensitiveness, statements that their bodies are dirty or damaged, or fear that there is something wrong with them in the genital area, refusal to go to school, delinquency/conduct problems, secretiveness, aspects of sexual molestation in drawings, games, fantasies, unusual aggressiveness or suicidal behavior.
No thought is given to what effects the behavior may have on the child. The abuser does not care about the reactions or choices of the child. The sexual activities imposed on the child represent abuse and power over the child. The sequence of activities often progresses from non-contact to contact over a time during which the child’s trust misused and betrayed.
Usually, sexual abuse occurs in secret and not always physical proof of the abuse. For these reasons, child sexual abuse hard to detect. That is the reason; you must enact and allow a medical physician to look at your child.
Do for a Sexually Abused Child:
1.) Ever believe that your child been sexually abused, do not be afraid to report it nor blame yourself. Report the abuse to police immediately.
2.) You need to stay calm to help your child.
3.) Provide a calm atmosphere and environment for your child.
4.) Stay with your child through each step of the investigation giving them support and encouragement.
5.) Convey that your child they are no way responsible for what they met. Being reassurance of encouragement and support will help your child.
6.) Have a physician see your child for an examined soon as possible. This is not only important for your child’s welfare, but it will help the authority’s document evidence.
7.) Stay with your child; why the doctor is examining your child give support with encouragement. Remember that this child has gone through a horrible ordeal and they terrified.
8.) Request a child advocate helps you, as well as your child.
9.) Very important, your child receives experienced counseling from a counselor that experienced handling child abuse/sexual abuse.
10.) Talk with the doctor that examines your child with child advocates for suggestions of professional counseling . Remember that both parties are familiar with the situation and will have child’s best interest. Specialists can also give parents with guidance in responding to their children’s difficulties and offer suggestions for how to talk with their children. A mental health professional may suggest special areas of attention in family life and offer specific suggestions for creating structured, safe, and nurturing environments.
It is often very hard to accept that a child has been sexually abused. As a caring parent, the best predictor of recovery is support and love. Times you and your child overwhelmed and drain. Wise to have a support system that supports both of you.
(RAINN) Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network affiliates operate 24/7 crisis telephone hotlines that serve victims of sexual violence. Volunteers and staff at these organizations trained on issues surrounding sexual violence and can give support and information to person or group counseling, medical attention, reporting a crime to law enforcement as well as many other services. Frequently, affiliate centers have a range of services or can refer to other local services.
(RAINN) Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
1220 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005