Sexual Abuse

By: Haley White

What does it mean to be sexually abused?

Sexual abuse is forcing undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault.

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is any sort of non-consensual sexual contact. Sexual abuse happens to men and women of any age.

Sexual Abuse includes:

- Derogatory name calling

-Refusal to use contraception

-Deliberately causing unwanted physical pain during sex

-Deliberately passing on sexual diseases or infections

-Using objects, toys, or other items (e.g. baby oil or lubricants) without consent

-Causing pain or humiliation.

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Symptoms of Sexual Abuse...

  • A noticeable fear of a person or certain places
  • Unusual response from the child when asked if he or she was touched
  • Unreasonable fear of a physical exam
  • Drawings that show sexual acts
  • Abrupt changes in behavior, such as bed-wetting or losing control of his or her bowels
  • Sudden awareness of genitals and sexual acts and words
  • Attempting to get other children to perform sexual acts.

How to get help?

  • Get away from the attacker and find a safe place as fast as you can. Call 911.
  • Call someone you trust or a hotline
  • Protect any evidence.
  • Go to your nearest hospital emergency room right away and ask to be screened
  • Filing a police report.
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What is child sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor.

Forms of child sexual abuse:

-Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction.

-Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor.

-Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate.


-Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal.

-Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children.

-Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child's mental, emotional, or physical welfare.

Role of sexual abuse perpetrators...

-The majority of perpetrators are someone the child or family knows (93% of victims).

-A perpetrator does not have to be an adult to harm a child.

-Having a relationship to the child including an older sibling or playmate, family member, a teacher, a coach or instructor, a caretaker, or the parent of another child.

-Abusers can manipulate victims to stay quiet about the sexual abuse by intimidating the child, and also make threats if the child refuses to participate or plans to tell another adult.

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What are the Effects of Sexual Abuse?

The effects of sexual abuse extend beyond childhood. Sexual abuse in children of their childhood creates a loss of trust, feelings of guilt, and self-abusive behavior. It can lead to antisocial behavior, depression, identity confusion, loss of self esteem and other serious emotional problems. It can also lead to difficulty with intimate relationships later in life.

How to stay safe of Sexual Abuse...

  • Making sure you don't drink too much alcohol, so you can keep yourself safe
  • Parking in well-lit areas
  • Not leaving a social event with someone you just met
  • Keeping your car and home doors locked