WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE?
Child sexual abuse is exposing or subjecting a child from 0 - 14 years old to sexual contact, activity or behavior.
Sexual abuse sometimes continues or starts in adulthood. Most perpetrators have been found to be people who were close to the victims or within their social circles. Protect your child and your neighbors child today!
WHAT DOES CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE DO TO A CHILD?
Child sexual abuse has NO positive effects. Child sexual abuse can lead to;
- Inappropriate sexual behavior
- Mental problems
- Behavioral Problems
- Psychological problems
- More sexual abuse through revictimization
- Fear and anxiety towards the opposite sex
- Sexually transmitted diseases
Nothing good Ok! The list goes on of the effects of child sexual abuse. Be an advocate for change whether you have a child or not, female or male, young or old, together we can stop child sexual abuse. First we have to identify it!
IDENTIFYING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
How can you know if a child is being sexually abused? Be sure to look out for physical and behavioral signs. Watch out also for any behavioral signs or habits from the possible molester.
Some signs and effects of child sexual abuse are;
- Trauma to sensitive body parts such as bloody or bruised genitals.
- Rectal bleeding or discharge.
- Difficulty in walking, sitting, urinating, bowel movements or swallowing.
- Not playing as normally as children would and staying aloof.
- Fear of being left alone or of being with a particular person.
- Unusual interest in a particular person.
- Regression to childhood behaviors such as thumb sucking, bed wetting or excessive crying.
- Delinquent behavior.
- Lack of concentration.
- Sudden extreme change in behavior.
- Self destructive behavior.
- Performing sexual acts such as intercourse or masturbation.
- Inappropriate ways of expressing affection.
The signs are many, trust your instincts and do not disregard any hunch that sexual abuse is happening. Investigate until you are sure if there is child sexual abuse or not.
EDUCATE - Teach every child basic sexual education, identifying their private parts as they are called and teaching them on who can and who cannot touch them. Let them know they can say "My body is mine" body is their own and they can say NO if they do not feel comfortable with any kind of touch.
BE ON THE LOOK - If you suspect someone as a molester, do not rub it off. They may be the smart dressed neighbor or the ever-Lord loving man, it may even be a woman. If you suspect abuse, investigate it.
REPORT - Report any sexual abuse you may have experienced, witness or suspect. Stand your ground and do not give the molester a chance to hurt another one. Report all child abuse to the police or child protection services in your area. You could also seek the help or counsel of an organisation near you to help you face the problem. Do not be afraid of the molester, let the molester be afraid of you.
COUNSELLING - Take charge and follow up on counselling, should it be for yourself or the victim of abuse. Stopping the abuse is not enough, help has to continue in order for the child to heal or if you were the victim, seek counselling so that the child within you can heal as well. Continual support is necessary so don't just stop after the molester is caught because the battle does not end there.
MEDICAL ATTENTION - More than just counselling, victims of any kind of sexual abuse ought to seek out medical attention for any injuries suffered after the abuse.
A VICTIM IS A VICTIM - Never blame a victim or try to suggest the victim was responsible for the abuse. A victim is a victim and NOT responsible for what happened to them. Do not disregard someone as a victim because of their sex, race or background. Each victim should receive equal and fair attention or support.
What do you know about child sexual abuse? Have you survived child sexual abuse? Have you saved someone from child sexual abuse? Did you stand up against the molester and hand him over to the authorities? Let us know your story, advice or suggestionsor anything you would like to add on this article on how to rid the world of child sexual abuse. Let us take a stand together today. Leave a comment or send us an email; firstname.lastname@example.org
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