Child sexual abuse happens when an adult uses his or her power and authority to groom, coerce or persuade a child to take part in sexual activities. A child is never in a position to make a valid choice about sexual acts. The sexual abuse can range from non-contact abuse – making a child look at pornography or at the abuser’s sexual organs – to full vaginal or anal rape. Both boys and girls are sexually abused and children are abused in every level of society.
Effects of Sexual Abuse
The damage caused by sexual abuse varies from person to person and depends on factors such as on the nature and extent of the abuse, the relationship of the abuser to the child. These are some of the common effects experienced by survivors.