Sexual Abuse

1. Sexual Abuse is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation. Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome),indecent exposure of the genitals to a child, displaying pornography to a child, actual sexual contact against a child, physical contact with the child’s genitals (except in certain non-sexual contexts such as a medical exam), viewing of the child’s genitalia without physical contact (except in nonsexual contexts such as a medical exams), or using a child to produce child pornography.

The effects of child sexual abuse include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, propensity to further victimization in adulthood, and physical injury to the child, among other problems. Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest, and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma, especially in the case of parental incest. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_sexual_abuse#cite_note-Oxford-17)

 

2. Stats and Facts

The statistics are shocking

  • 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the internet.
  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under.
  • An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.

Even within the walls of their own homes, children are at risk for sexual abuse

  • 30-40% of victims are abused by a family member.
  • Another 50% are abused by someone outside of the family whom they know and trust.
  • Approximately 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know.
  • Therefore, only 10% are abused by strangers.

Sexual abuse can occur at all ages, probably younger than you think

Here is a youtube clip that shares some facts about sexual abuse and the effects of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nhJA_Yqt0M

 

3. Charts and Diagrams

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/rs/rep-rap/2001/rr01_1/p3.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NIH_child_sex_abuse_disorders_graph.gif

4. Current News Events

A German trucker has admitted fathering seven children with his stepdaughter in a major sexual abuse case. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12465473

A charity says more can be done to protect children sexually abused by family members after a Plymouth couple was jailed for abusing their daughter.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8655015.stm

 

A photographer convicted of sexually abusing young girls in south London could have other victims, police fear. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12438040

5. Stories and Experiences…

A teenager from Greater Manchester who was abused by her step-father from the age of 10 has spoken out, to encourage victims of domestic violence to come forward. Brooke, who has been given a different name to protect her identity, aged 15, also witnessed her mother being abused. She is backing a police campaign against domestic violence, launched on Valentine’s Day.

To read more and to see a video check out this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12449070

Here is a youtube clip sharing a horrible story of a young girl who was sexually abused by her uncles, brother, and physically abused by her dad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCzYj2Y1-Rc

The whole story is disgusting, makes me angry and sick to the stomach, but one sad part to me in this story is that she thought this “is what all men do” as if it was the norm.

7. UNCRC Statements

UNCRC Article 6: All Children have a right to life. Governments should ensure that children survive and develop. Article 16: Children have a right to privacy. The law should protect them from attacks against their way of life, their good name, their families, and their homes. Article 18: Both parents share the responsibility for bringing up their children and should always consider what is best for each child. Governments should help parents by providing services to support them, especially if both parents work. Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse, and neglect by their parents or anyone else who looks after them. Article 34: The government should protect children from sexual abuse. Article 39: Children who have been neglected or abused should receive special help to restore their self-respect.

10. Recommended Books

The following are a few links to books on Amazon that are about sexual abuse healing:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0804105855/psychomentalheal

http://www.amazon.com/Sexual-Healing-Journey-Survivors-Revised/dp/0060959649/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298145293&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Wounded-Heart-Victims-Childhood-Sexual/dp/1600063071/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298145945&sr=1-2

 

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