-That every two minutes a child is sexually assaulted.
-There are often there are NO physical signs of sexual assault.
- By staying silent the abuser is protected.
- Silence gives permission for the victimization to continue.
- That one in four girls and one in six boys are victims of
sexual abuse by age 18.
- Sexual abuse doesnt discriminate
all socio-economic classes and religions
-That 50-90% of child sexual assaults are never reported.
- In 1998, Health and Human Services reported 108,360 confirmed
sexual abuse cases.
- 61% of reported rapes were committed against victims under
- 85% of the time, the child knows and trusts the abuser.
Is Sexual Abuse?
abuse is when a child is asked, tricked, or forced by an adult
or even a kid who is bigger, stronger, or older, or by a person
who has power over him/her to do "secret" non-touching
or "secret" touching that involves the childs
private parts, the abusers private parts, or the private
parts of another person. The child wants to tell, but is told
its a secret. This is not a fun secret that they are
happy about They dont want to keep the secret ... its
scary! The child is afraid to tell.
is when someone shows a child movies, pictures or Internet
sites with pornography when they expose their private
body parts to a child.Non-touching
is also when someone asks a child to pose for a picture without
their clothes on, or in a sexual way that makes a child feel
uncomfortable, or when someone takes a childs picture
while theyre doing something sexual. The abuser could
encourage the child to watch or listen to people who are engaging
in sexual acts, or could want to watch the child undress or
harassment is sexual abuse. By teasing a child or causing
the child to have uncomfortable feelings about their body
or certain clothes, by calling a child bad names. The child
might be afraid to tattle, or they might want the abuser to
think the harassment doesnt matter.
Sexual abusive touching is when someone touches a child's
private parts -- over or under the child's clothes, or makes
the child touch their body. Its also when an abuser
puts any part of their body on or in any part of a childs
body. The abuser could use their fingers, tongue or their
private parts. Another form of touching sexual abuse happens
when someone puts any foreign object into a childs body,
like soap or the handle of a hairbrush, or crayons.
Any time anyone is forced to have sexual intercourse,
whether the person is an acquaintance or not, even if it happens
on a date, it's rape. Rape is when a person says "NO"
or, they can't say "NO" because theyve been
taken away, theyre unconscious or drugged. If someone
slips adate rape drug into someones drink, they
wont know whats happening, and wont be able
to protect themself or say "NO" to unwanted sexual
you or someone you know is being sexually abused, tell your
parents or a trusted adult immediately.
If your abuser tells you don't tell anyone or I'll hurt
you, or your parents or a sibling ... don't believe
it. They ARE lying!You
may feel embarrassed, ashamed, and scared ...
and those are very normal feelings -- however in order for
abuse to stop ...
You Must Tell!
It's okay to tell! No one will blame you ... they will
only help you!
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