How Children Cope with Being Sexually Abused

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How Children Cope with Being Sexually Abused

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How Children cope with being Sexually Abused.
Amanda Hope Reynolds
Lee University

Abstract
Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services the definition of child abuse is “Fondling a child’s genitals, intercourse, incest, sodomy, exhibitionism, and sexual exploitation to be considered child abuse, these have to be committed by a person responsible for the care of the child.” (Lowenstein, L. (2011) “The Complexity of Investigating Possible Sexual Abuse of a Child”) Everyday around the world children are learning how to cope with being sexually abused. Coping with this type of abuse can be emotionally, physically, and legally difficult.

How Children Cope with being Sexually Abused
Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services the definition of child abuse is “Fondling a child’s genitals, intercourse, incest, sodomy, exhibitionism, and sexual exploitation to be considered child abuse, these have to be committed by a person responsible for the care of the child.” (Lowenstein, L. (2011) “The Complexity of Investigating Possible Sexual Abuse of a Child”) Everyday around the world children are learning how to cope with being sexually abused. Coping with this type of abuse can be emotionally, physically, and legally difficult. Emotionally

One who is sexually abuse at a younger age can be affected emotionally. It can eventually cause permanent damage. According to Lowenstein “The effect on a child who has been sexually abused depends on several important aspects: whether the child is coerced and aggression and force is used, whether the child has been penetrated vaginally or anally, who the person is who carried out the abuse. Weather it is a stranger, a member of the family, or a close friend, the affect of the abuse perpetrated is much worse. In a case of older children,...
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