Cairene E. Greenlee
Abuse: Causes, Effects, & Interventions
Children and Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse, or child molestation happens when an adult, or older adolescent child uses a younger child for sexual stimulation or sexual gratification. Child sexual abuse may be touching, indecent exposure, or engaging in sexual activities. This may be physical or non-physical in nature. This paper will discuss identifying symptoms, or signals of child sexual abuse, long and short-term effects, risks, statistical data, as well as outcomes and treatments.
Identifying symptoms/signals of child sexual abuse
When a child has been sexually abused, he or she may begin to form many different types of problems. Some of these problems may be physical or mental in nature. With these problems children will begin to show signs of said abuse. Each child will show different signs throughout different stages depending on the type of abuse that they have endured such as being looked at in the nude, inappropriate touching, and physical penetration. Younger children will normally show you signs rather than tell you what is happening to them, and each child will be unique from the next child in his or her signs, however many people may not be aware of what signs of sexual abuse are.
The initial signs of abuse may not indicate that sexual abuse is happening, however may be an indicator to parents, teachers, and others that something is not right with this child in question. Some of the initial signs that suggest that abuse is happening may be nightmares with no apparent reason, changes in the eating habits, refusing to eat at all, or being withdrawn from others. Signs may also escalate to be to showing that there may in fact be sexual abuse happening. The sexually abused child may suddenly become afraid of certain places or people, may talk about new secrets with certain adults or adolescents, and may talk of having a new older friend. The child
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