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What is Child Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is when a child is involved in any form sexual act or content with an adult or an older child. It can involve both physical contact and non-contact abuse. Often children are’nt forced into the sexual situation but instead persuaded, bribed, tricked, or coerced. They might not understand that it’s wrong or that what’s happening is abuse (especially initially). And they might be afraid to tell someone. Sexual abuse is a type of child exploitation and can happen anywhere or at any age.

Non-Contact Abuse

  • Showing a child pornography or look at another person’s private areas.
  • Forcing a child to watch the sexual acts or abuse of another
  • Forcing a child to make, view, or share sexual acts or child abuse images or videos
  • Forcing a child to participate in sexual activities, sexual groups, or conversations
  • Making them masturbate
  • Have them talk about sexual content

Physical Contact Abuse

  • Sexual touching of any part of a child’s body, whether they’re clothed or not
  • Forcing a child to take part in any form of sexual activities
  • Making a child undress in front of others
  • Have the child touch themselves or someone else
  • Using a body part or object to rape or penetrate a child
  • Threaten a child with physical harm or death to themselves or others if they do not comply

66% of Sexual Abusers Have no Criminal Record

Most sexual abuse offenders are acquainted with their victims. 66% of convicted sexual abusers have no criminal records. The majority of child sexual abuse is committed by men, but there is a growing increase in female child sexual abusers.

How to Identify Exploitation and Abuse

Through our interactive training, Watchful Eye, we simplify how to identify and prevent child exploitation. No matter your skill level, you can learn to recognize behavior patterns and subtle indicators through this life-saving training.

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