Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Abigail Edemidiong

Childhood Sexual abuse is a topic that is not popular in many cultures; there are many cultures that do not even acknowledge the fact that childhood sexual abuse is an issue. Childhood sexual abuse can happen at any age and can affect many races and cultures, the impact that sexual abuse can have on a child is astounding. The intensity, duration of childhood sexual abuse can have a detrimental effect on adults later on in life. Childhood Sexual abuse is legally defined as an act of a person adult or child who forces, coerces or threatens a child to have any form of sexual contact or to engage in any type of sexual activity at the perpetrator’s. (http://www.americanhumane.org/children/stop-child-abuse/fact-sheets/child-sexual-abuse.html) Sexual abuse can happen through fondling, making a child touch an adult’s sexual organs, penetration in a child’s vagina or anus by using and object or sexual organs, exposing sexual organs to a child is also a form of sexual abuse even though it is not touching it can still affect a child in adulthood. Some ways to spot childhood sexual abuse is when a child is beginning to have trouble walking or sitting, and when he/she is afraid of a particular person or men or women. Another sign of sexual abuse is when a child demonstrates or performs sexual behaviors that are inappropriate for their age. Some physical signs of CSA are a rash around genitals or anus, or mild to severe trauma to genitals. Psychiatric patients who have been sexually abused in childhood suffer from a wide variety of symptoms. These include depression suicidality dissociation, splitting and fragmentation of the personality substance abuse, somato-form disorders, and psychosexual disorders antisocial acts, and reenactments in the form of revictimization. (Jackson, 1994) CSA can be problematic to individuals in their daily activities, victims who do not understand the effects of CSA in adulthood can be highly suicidal because of the...
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