. . . . . What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity (both touching and non- touching activities) with a minor. It is a crime punishable by law that must be reported.
Sexual Touching Includes:
• Touching a child’s genitals or private parts for sexual pleasure • Making a child touch someone else’s genitals • Making a child play sexual games • Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal • Putting objects inside the vagina, in the mouth, or in the anus of a child for sexual pleasure • Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate • Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children • Sex trafficking • Showing pornography to the child • Photographing a child in sexual poses • Encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts • Inappropriately watching a child undress or use the bathroom • Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child's mental, emotional, or physical welfare • Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction • Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
Sexual Non- touching Includes:
Sources: parentsprotect.co.uk; rainn.org
Children CAN heal from sexual abuse and move on to live happy lives!
See pg.8 to learn the difference between normal childhood sexual exploration between children and a sexually abusive situation.
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