What is Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse, or child molestation, is a type of child abuse in which a child is abused for the sexual satisfaction of an adult or older juvenile. It consists of intimate sexual interaction, the adult or otherwise older individual participating in indecently exposing his or her genitals to a child with the objective of gratifying his or her own sexual needs or forcing or grooming the child, requesting or coercing a child to participate in sexual activities, showing pornography to a child, or utilizing a child to create child pornography.

In investigations of adults and collegians, twenty-five percent of women and about seventeen percent of men state that they have been sexually abused or manipulated prior to age eighteen. The typical age in 2010 for reported sexual abuse is nine years old; twenty percent of its victims are even younger. This indicates that babies, tots, young children, and teenagers are all thought to be endangered. While most individuals believe that child sexual abuse always concerns child rape, the fact is that child sexual abuse can consist of touch and non-stroking actions. Both are harmful to children and teenagers and illegal.

Stroking and Non-Stroking Actions

Any type of sexual stroking between an adult and a child is considered sexual abuse. Sexual stroking between children can also be sexual abuse when a considerable age difference of at least three years between children exists or if the children are extremely different hormonally or by size. Sexual abuse does not need to concern penetration, force, pain, or even stroking. If an adult takes part in any sexual conduct, such as looking, displaying, or stroking, with a child to satisfy the interest of the adult or sexual desires, it is regarded as sexual abuse. This consists of the production, circulation, and looking at child pornography, now referred to as child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Abusive stroking actions consist of:

  • Caressing the genitalia, backside, or breasts of a child
  • Penetrating the mouth, anus, or vagina of the child by the abuser or with an object
  • Persuading a child to caress him or herself, the abuser, or another child.

Abusive non-stroking actions consist of:

  • Baring oneself to a child
  • Observing and breach the private activities of a child or teenager; for example, taking off one’s clothes, bathing, and so on
  • Photographing a child in a sexually unambiguous or seductive manner
  • Displaying pornography or sexually enticing images to a child
  • Speaking in sexually unambiguous or seductive ways to children personally or on the phone
  • Texting or transmitting sexually unambiguous or seductive communications to children.

A Slow Progression

Most frequently child sexual abuse is a slow progression and not one event. By understanding the early warning signs and how to efficiently intervene and be frank, sexual abuse can be averted prior to its beginning, and a child is hurt. Adults need to assume the main responsibility for averting child sexual abuse by taking in hand any upsetting or dubious conduct which might cause a danger to the safety of a child.