The bruises may result from slaps and the parts of his or her body which were subjected to abuse. Sexually transmitted illnesses are among the things or signs that may appear on the children’s body that may show clearly that a child had been abused sexually. This is mainly because children do not normally suffer from sexually transmitted diseases unless something terrible has happened to them. Other than that, unwanted pregnancies may be another symptom that may show that a child has been sexually abused. Anybody below the age of eighteen is always considered to be a minor.
Children are afraid to break the silence about their sexual abuse and report it because of the reaction from parents, family members, or the fear of breaking up the family. Children keep quiet about their sexual abuse because of their involvement and fear of being rejected by others. Children may also keep silent due to the fear of their perpetrator or their perpetrator has trained the child to believe it was their fault. Many children who have never received the proper help will suffer with long lasting effects from sexual abuse. It is very important to counsel children who have been sexually abused at a young age.
Childhood sexual abuse has many definitions, but Collin-Vézina, Daigneault, and Hébert (2013) define it “as any sexual activity perpetrated against a minor by threat, force, intimidation, or manipulation” (p. 7). Despite the form of sexual abuse, children are not developmentally prepared physically or emotionally to see, hear or experience this type of act. Although adults view childhood sexual abuse as a clear violation of boundaries, children may not completely believe it is the perpetrators fault. Children can have a multitude of beliefs such as they deserve the abuse, the abuse it their fault, and that abuse is a way that the perpetrator shows love. Unfortunately, many children do not talk about the abuse, so parents and guardians need to be aware of the warning signs that sexual abuse is possibly occurring.
Molestation is the first type of sexual abuse that’ll be discussed. Molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation. Most people think sexual abusers are strangers to their victims. But the truth is most abusers know their victims and use their stand in their relationship to try to make the victims do what the abusers want them to do. Most children who get molest are by family members.
The main sign of this kind of physical abuse that the parents or caregivers can show are anger problems or the excessive need for control. Sexual abuse is another type of child abuse. It is any type of sexual activity that a child cannot understand or give consent to. Some examples of this are: fondling, oral-genital contact, genital or anal intercourse, exhibitionism, voyeurism and exposure to pornography (National Council On Child Abuse And Family Violence...) Some signs of sexual abuse are: the child has trouble sitting or standing,... ... middle of paper ... ...g a support system can be hard. If they do not have anyone to listen to him or her or even help take care of them, they can easily turn to child abuse.
The abusive parents are unaware of any other way of acting. They may think that beating a child is normal. Sometimes the parents might also think that their children “deserve” to be abused, just as they “deserved” it when they were younger (“ Child Abuse: Opposing Viewpoints” 108). This is one of the many causes of child abuse. Drug addiction also increases the chances of child abuse.
An adult selling a child into prostitution for money, drugs. Have a child engage in oral sex acts. Having an adult masturbating and/or having sexual intercourse in front of a child. Older youth or adults may force a middle childhood child into participating in these acts by threatening them, or people they care about such as their parents (Services, 2009). According to Gateway, Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect,( 2009) not all children that are victims of sexual assault will have behavior problems or difficulties.
Finally, the effects of childhood sexual abuse include sleeping disorders, co-dependency, and may continue to be abused by others even after they leave an abusive environment (Lipovsky & Hanson, 2007). The encounter of child sexual abuse differs between individuals. The seriousness, occurrence, and age of the child, relationship between the child and the offender, degree of support, admission by the perpetrator, active family life, and exact nature of the abuse all affect the type and severity of effects seen in the child victim. It is imperative to mention that no one symptom outline is exclusively to children who have been sexually abused. Furthermore, the majority of ch... ... middle of paper ... ..., H., Taylor, N., & Prentice, K. (2014).
The abuse often begins gradually and increases over time. It can include sexual touching and fondling or exposing children to adult sexual activity including pornographic movies and photographs. When a kid is sexually abused they can often have trust issues with adults and that is why most wait until they are older to tell people that they were sexually abused. Abusers have been known to tell children that it is the fault of the child that they are abused, shifting the blame away from the abuser and making the child think that they are the ones doing something wrong. Along with this, abusers may threaten or bribe the child into not speaking up.
Moreover, there is a need of psychoeducation on sexual abuse in the community. Parents think that sexual abuse is only if someone has been raped. It is not true about that statement. Sexual abuse can be child’s molestation, exposure or pornography. According to London et al.