What is Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse involves any sexual activity with a child, whether physical or nonphysical.  It can include:

  • Fondling or any kind of inappropriate touching
  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Using a child to create pornography
  • Indecent exposure
  • Talking about sex to shock a child or spark his or her curiosity
  • Allowing a child to watch or hear sexual acts or materials

Child sexual abuse can happen to any child (age 0-18) from any background.