Sexual Abuse AWARENESS

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Stop childhood sexual abuse

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childhood sexual abuse

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Effective prevention of childhood sexual abuse 

is possible when we truly understand what it involves 

End CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

“Child sexual abuse involves activity with a child where consent is not or cannot be given. This includes sexual contact that is accomplished by force or threat of force, regardless of the age of the participants, and all sexual contact between an adult and a child regardless of whether there is deception or the child understands the sexual nature of the activity. Sexual contact between an older and a younger child can also be abusive if there is a significant disparity in age, development, or size, rendering the younger incapable of giving informed consent.” (Handbook on Child Maltreatment, 2nd edition) 

Effective prevention of childhood sexual abuse 

is possible when we truly understand what it involves 

END CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

“Child sexual abuse involves activity with a child where consent is not or cannot be given. This includes sexual contact that is accomplished by force or threat of force, regardless of the age of the participants, and all sexual contact between an adult and a child regardless of whether there is deception or the child understands the sexual nature of the activity. Sexual contact between an older and a younger child can also be abusive if there is a significant disparity in age, development, or size, rendering the younger incapable of giving informed consent.” (Handbook on Child Maltreatment, 2nd edition) 

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WHO IS AT RISK?

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men report having been sexually abused or exploited before the age of 18. The average age for reported sexual abuse today  is 9: 20% of its victims are even younger. This means that infants, toddlers, young children, and teens are all considered at risk. In the process called “grooming“, those who sexually abuse children often go to great lengths to appear trustworthy and kind, not only to the children they target and eventually victimize but also to their parents and other adults around them. Grooming a child and family gradually over time allows them to build trust and gain access to their target while appearing to be above reproach or suspicion. 

WHO IS AT RISK?

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men report having been sexually abused or exploited before the age of 18. The average age for reported sexual abuse today  is 9: 20% of its victims are even younger. This means that infants, toddlers, young children, and teens are all considered at risk. In the process called “grooming“, those who sexually abuse children often go to great lengths to appear trustworthy and kind, not only to the children they target and eventually victimize but also to their parents and other adults around them. Grooming a child and family gradually over time allows them to build trust and gain access to their target while appearing to be above reproach or suspicion. 

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IT’S NOT ALWAYS RAPE

While many people think that child sexual abuse always involves rape of a child, the truth is that child sexual abuse can include both touching and non-touching behaviors. Both are damaging to children and teens and both are against the law. Get rid of the notion that people who sexually abuse children look and act differently than you do. Individuals who sexually abuse children can be socially adept and even charming. Most are considered by those around them to be loyal friends, good employees and responsible members of the community – remember, public appearance does not always reflect private behavior.

IT'S NOT ALWAYS RAPE

While many people think that child sexual abuse always involves rape of a child, the truth is that child sexual abuse can include both touching and non-touching behaviors. Both are damaging to children and teens and both are against the law. Get rid of the notion that people who sexually abuse children look and act differently than you do. Individuals who sexually abuse children can be socially adept and even charming. Most are considered by those around them to be loyal friends, good employees and responsible members of the community – remember, public appearance does not always reflect private behavior.

 

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It’s hard to face the fact that someone we know – and even like or love- might sexually abuse a child. But the truth is that in 90% of cases, the child knows and trusts the person who commits the abuse.

It’s hard to face the fact that someone we know – and even like or love- might sexually abuse a child. But the truth is that in 90% of cases, the child knows and trusts the person who commits the abuse.