Child sexual abuse is the exploitation of a minor for the sexual satisfaction of someone else. This can include unwanted sexual touching, talking, or showing of the genitals to the child, among other things. Exactly what makes sexual abuse is hard to define. Factors that help to place something in or out of the abuse category include the child’s ability to make an informed decision about participating in what went on, the child’s age, the older person’s amount of power and intimidation over the younger one, and the laws in their area. The abuser is not necessarily an adult; children can be abused by older children as well. Many children are abused by someone in their own age group, and in most cases, the children are sexually abused by someone in their family.
Imagine this; a little girl, around the age of nine, coming home from school and finding out she is home alone with her older half brother. He looks at her and asks if she wants to play a game. Being excited that her brother actually wants to play with her, she says yes. He takes her into his room and locks the door; then next thing she knows, he is taking her clothes off. This wasn’t just a story; this is what happened to me when I was nine years old. At the time, my half brother was thirteen years old. He would force me to do things I didn’t want to do and threatened to hurt me if I didn’t do what he said. I didn’t tell any one at the time because I couldn’t comprehend at that age what was going on and I was scared that he would beat me up. The abuse went on for about two years. When I was eleven my parents split up; one night my mom went out clubbing with her friends and my dad had to baby sit my half brother and I. That night I decided to tell my dad what was going on for the past two years; it was the first time I have seen my dad cry. He took my half brother outside and started to yell at him. My dad called my grandparents and told them to pick me up so that I could spend the night at their...
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