Child Sexual Abuse

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Child sexual abuse involves any sexual activity with a child, which can include inappropriate touching, exposure to explicit materials, or any form of sexual exploitation. It’s a heinous crime that leaves lasting emotional and psychological scars on the victim.

Rape is a criminal act that involves non-consensual sexual penetration. When discussing child rape, it refers to any such act committed against a minor, which is a grave violation of the child’s rights and well-being.

Child sexual abuse can occur in various settings, including home, school, or work. Child marriage is one of the primary forms of child sexual abuse; UNICEF has stated that child marriage “represents perhaps the most prevalent form of sexual abuse and exploitation of girls.”

Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest and can result in more severe and long-term psychological trauma, especially in the case of parental incest.

The global prevalence of child sexual abuse has been estimated at 19.7% for females and 7.9% for males. Men commit most child sexual abuse; studies on female child molesters show that women commit 14% to 40% of offenses reported against boys and 6% of crimes reported against girls. Most sexual abuse offenders are acquainted with their victims; approximately 30% are relatives of the child, most often brothers, fathers, uncles, or cousins;  around 60% are other acquaintances, such as “friends” of the family, babysitters, or neighbors; strangers are the offenders in approximately 10% of child sexual abuse cases.

Both child sexual abuse and rape are deeply traumatic experiences that require immediate intervention and support. The effects of child sexual abuse can include depressionpost-traumatic stress disorderanxietycomplex post-traumatic stress disorder, the propensity to further victimization in adulthood, and physical injury to the child, among other problems. It’s essential to prioritize the well-being of victims, ensuring they receive appropriate counseling, medical attention, and legal protection. Raising awareness about these issues is crucial to prevent and address such acts, creating a safer environment for children. If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, please seek help from local authorities or support organizations. 

The American Psychological Association states that “children cannot consent to sexual activity with adults.” It condemns any such action by an adult: “An adult who engages in sexual activity with a child is performing a criminal and immoral act which never can be considered normal or socially acceptable behavior.”

 

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