What is Child Sexual Abuse?


  • When a child or young person is forced or enticed to take part in any sexual activity, it is sexual abuse. It does not matter the level of violence that occurs or the child’s awareness or apparent agreement to what happens, it is still sexual abuse.
  • Sexual abuse may involve physical contact such as touching the child’s private parts, or making the child touch somebody else’s private parts, playing sexual games, or having sex by putting objects or body parts inside the mouth, vagina or anus of a child.
  • Sexual abuse can also include action that is not direct physical contact such as showing a child pornography, making a child take part in the making of sexual images, having a child watch sexual acts, or encouraging a child to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

       

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