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NCJ Number: 148057 Find in a Library
Corporate Author: Life Skills Education
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Life Skills Education
Northfield, MN 55057
Sale Source: Life Skills Education
314 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After defining child sexual abuse, this booklet presents myths and facts about it, outlines physical and behavioral symptoms that a child has been sexually abused, profiles child molesters, examines child pornography and prostitution, and suggests ways to prevent such abuse.
Abstract: Child sexual abuse is the sexual exploitation or use of a child by an adult. This holds true whether or not a child is a "willing" participant. The discussion of facts and myths about child sexual abuse emphasizes that child sexual abuse includes more than sexual intercourse, child sexual abuse happens often, it is usually perpetrated by someone known to the child, it does not usually involve force, and it happens to boys as well as girls. Physical indicators that a child has been sexually abused include the child's complaints of pain, swelling, or itching in the genital or anal areas; psychosomatic complaints; bedwetting; and venereal disease. Behavioral indicators include changes in sleep patterns, prolonged objections to attending day care/school, fear of strangers, frequent bathing, radical swings in mood or behavior, and inappropriate sexual activity and knowledge. The molesting adult is often unable to have satisfying relationships with other adults and seeks out children for relationships and intimacy. Since a child is in the process of learning behavior from adults, the child usually has no frame of reference for assessing the appropriateness of the sexual abuse. When the child senses that the behavior is not acceptable to others, he/she is too afraid to tell others about it. Child victims often blame themselves for what has happened. Children can be prepared to resist inappropriate sexual behavior toward them by receiving age-appropriate sexual information from responsible adults. Adults who suspect that a child is being sexually abused should call appropriate authorities for advice on what to do.
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Child Pornography; Child Sexual Abuse; Crime specific countermeasures; Juvenile prostitution; Juveniles
Note: From the Life Skills Education Series.
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