Childhood sexual abuse is a heartbreaking reality for many children worldwide, leaving long-lasting emotional and physical scars that could take years or even decades to heal. Unfortunately, most of these cases go unreported due to fear or lack of awareness of the signs. That’s why it is essential to know and recognize the different types of sexual abuse that can take place against children. Here are some examples:
The most extreme form of sexual abuse is intercourse with a minor. This includes vaginal, oral, or anal penetration by an adult or older adolescent into a younger person aged 13 or under. Such contact is always illegal since minors cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse.
This type of sexual abuse involves an adult or older teen touching a child’s genitals, breasts, inner thighs, or any other body part for the purpose of sexual gratification. It can take place through clothing or direct skin contact.
Another way children can be sexually abused is by being exposed to sexual images and activities, such as pornography or nudity. This includes exposing them to materials that depict explicit scenes of sex acts and erotic behavior.
Often, people in positions of power or authority will take advantage of a child’s vulnerability and naivety to gain their trust. This is known as grooming, in which someone builds an emotional bond with a minor to eventually exploit them sexually.
This type of sexual abuse does not involve physical contact but rather the psychological manipulation of a child. It can include talking to them in a sexually explicit manner or making them feel guilty for refusing contact with another person.
Online Sexual Abuse
With the advent of technology came new forms of sexual abuse. Online sexual abuse involves sending a child inappropriate or explicit images, videos, or messages. It can also involve an adult posing as a minor online to establish contact with unsuspecting young people.
What Should I Do Now?
Child sexual abuse is severe and should be reported immediately. If you have experienced or witnessed sexual abuse committed against a child, contact us for legal advice and assistance. With years of experience fighting against these types of crimes, we can ensure that justice is served and that the abuser or abusers are held accountable.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, it is crucial to seek help immediately. Our firm of experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights and guide you through the legal process. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation, and let us help bring justice to you and your family.