Sexual abuse in children

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​Childhood sexual abuse - resources for parents and survivors

Child sexual abuse is the exploitation of a child for the sexual gratification of an adult or older person. It can involve a wide range of abusive behaviour towards children. It can consist of a single incident, or happen repeatedly over time. Sexual abuse is often accompanied by bribes, threats, coercion, bullying or violence. Abusers can be from all classes, races, cultures and religions. Most abusers are men or older boys acting alone. Most abusers are known to the children they abuse, and many are within the child’s own family or living with the child. Children of all ages, classes, races, cultures and religions can experience sexual abuse.

If you are concerned that your child may be a victim of sexual abuse, there are some warning signs that can help you.

If your child has been sexually abused, there is information for parents and how to support your child after abuse.

There are also resources available for survivors, including adult survivors of sexual abuse, to aid in understanding and healing from childhood sexual abuse.

Resources Available at Skylight

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