Child Sexual Abuse effects
Friday, March 1st, 2013
Child Sexual Abuse and its Effects
Child maltreatment, which includes child sexual, physical, social abuse and child neglect, is a major social problem. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) an estimated amount of 80 thousand children in the United States experience sexual abuse every year, but the number of unreported and undetected cases is believed to be far greater. This is because children are afraid to tell anyone what is happening to them and the legal procedure, to confirm that what happened to the child was sexual abuse, is difficult. It’s not only that they are abused but also the impact it has on the victim. The child who is a victim of sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal view of sex. They can also acquire seductiveness, unusual interest or avoidance of all things of a sexual nature, sleep problems, depression, the thought that they have dirty or damaged bodies, fear that there’s something wrong with their genital area, conduct problems, aggressiveness and refusal to go to school. The victim can also develop serious problems when they reach their adolescence and even their adulthood but everyone develops different effects depending on how much it affected them as a person. Teen pregnancy, criminal behavior, alcohol and drug abuse are some of these effects.
When someone suffers sexual abuse as a child, there’s an increased like-hood of teen pregnancy. A study conducted by the University of Southern California and the National Institute of Mental Health stated that girls who were sexually abused as a child are far more disposed to early sexual activity. These children have an early initiation with the sexual nature and their lives might emphasis on sexuality, therefore, they start having sex at an early age. As a result, they have more sexual enter counters, and as the study done by the NCANDS stated, they are more likely to
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