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  eMedicine - Pediatrics, Child Sexual Abuse : Article by Ann S Botash, MD
Pathophysiology: Child sexual abuse has been defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the engaging of a child in sexual activities that the child cannot comprehend, for which the child is developmentally unprepared and cannot give informed consent, and violate the social taboos of society.
Sexual activities involving a child may include activities intended for sexual stimulation, such as those involved in contact sexual abuse (eg, touching the child's genitalia or the child's touching an adult's genitalia), penetrating injury (eg, penile, digital, and object insertion into the vagina, mouth, or anus), and nonpenetrating injury (eg, fondling, sexual kissing).
Whether the allegations of abuse are true or not, children involved in sexual abuse allegations must be considered to be victimized.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic369.htm   (4536 words)

  Sexual abuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sexual abuse is a relative cultural term used to describe sexual relations and behavior between two or more parties which are considered criminally and/or morally offensive.
Spousal abuse is the term applied to the specific form of domestic violence, where physical or sexual abuse is perpetrated by one spouse upon another.
Even if the sexual contact is consented to (or even initiated) by the student, it may be considered a form of abuse on the presumption that the teacher or professor is apt to exploit his or her position of authority in a subtle form of psychological coercion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sexual_abuse   (654 words)

 What is Child Sexual Abuse?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
However, a central characteristic of any abuse is the dominant position of an adult that allows him or her to force or coerce a child into sexual activity.
Accurate statistics on the prevalence of child and adolescent sexual abuse are difficult to collect because of problems of underreporting and the lack of one definition of what constitutes such abuse.
However, children who are the victims of sexual abuse are also often exposed to a variety of other stressors and difficult circumstances in their lives, including parental substance abuse.
www.apa.org /releases/sexabuse   (266 words)

 Sexual Abuse and Incest
Incest and sexual abuse are at epidemic proportions.
Current statistics suggest that one out of four females is sexually abused by the time she reaches the age of 18, with about 75 percent of the perpetrators being family members.
Sexual abuse is an abuse of power over a child and a violation of a child's right to normal, healthy, trusting relationships.
www.coolnurse.com /sexual_abuse.htm   (975 words)

 Child Abuse Research and Statistics
Study of 630 cases of alleged sexual abuse of children from 1985 through 1989: Using a subset of 116 confirmed cases, findings indicated that 79 percent of the children of the study initially denied abuse or were tentative in disclosing.
Early identification of sexual abuse victims appears to be crucial to the reduction of suffering of abused youth and to the establishment of support systems for assistance in pursuing appropriate psychological development and healthier adult functioning.
Sexuality is regarded not simply as a part of the self limited to genitals, discrete behaviors, or biological aspects of reproduction, but is more properly understood as one component of the total personality that affects one's concept of personal identity and self-esteem.
www.prevent-abuse-now.com /stats.htm   (3666 words)

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Sexual misconduct is often so entrenched that, in those correctional systems where class action suits have not yet occurred or have only recently been initiated, such abuse is still largely an invisible problem or one that the respective correctional systems flatly deny.
The invisibility of custodial sexual misconduct, and hence its deniability, are further fueled by the failure of the states we investigated and the District of Columbia to establish credible internal grievance and investigatory procedures that do not expose complainants to retaliation or punishment.
Other forms of sexual misconduct that do not constitute rape or sexual assault or abuse, rise to neither the level of torture nor of cruel or inhuman treatment, but may be condemned as degrading treatment, that is, treatment that causes or is intended to cause gross humiliation or an insult to a person's dignity.
www.hrw.org /summaries/s.us96d.html   (16367 words)

 Sexual Abuse
It is very difficult for most people to talk about sexual abuse and even more difficult for society as a whole to acknowledge that the sexual abuse of children of all ages -- including infants -- happens everyday in the United States.
Sexual abuse, which is 10% of all substantiated cases of child abuse, is defined as the involvement of dependent, developmentally immature children in sexual activities that they do not fully comprehend and therefore to which they are unable to give informed consent and/or which violates the taboos of society.
Sexual abuse is any misuse of a child for sexual pleasure or gratification.
www.preventchildabuse.com /sexual.htm   (299 words)

 Sexual Abuse of Children - ChristianAnswers.Net
Anyone who abuses others is guilty of a criminal act in all fifty states and has committed a wicked sin and, in God's eyes, has committed a wicked sin.
God is also angry and grieved by sexual abuse, and He promises to repay for the evil that's done and to avenge any sins committed against children.
Abuse changes lives forever, but healing is possible if the choice is to overcome the victim mentality, and work to become a survivor.
www.christiananswers.net /q-eden/childsexualabuse.html   (1367 words)

 Boston Globe / Spotlight / Abuse in the Catholic Church
Accused of sexual abuse, three priests are vindicated
The abuse scandal has prompted frank discussion of the traditionally taboo subject of gays in the church.
The clergy abuse crisis has led some to question the church's policy on celibacy, while others defend it.
www.boston.com /globe/spotlight/abuse   (384 words)

 Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Catholic Clergy and Other Professionals
Abuse of Children, reported that one in four girls, and one in six boys, is sexually abused by age 18.
One of the nation’s foremost authorities on the subject of the sexual abuse of minors in public schools is Hofstra University professor Charol Shakeshaft.
All of the accused admitted sexual abuse of a student, but none of the abusers was reported to the authorities, and only 1 percent lost their license to teach.
www.catholicleague.org /research/abuse_in_social_context.htm   (2774 words)

 Child Abuse: Sexual Abuse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Sexual abuse is any sexual contact with a child or the use of a child for the sexual pleasure of someone else.
This may include exposing private parts to the child or asking the child to expose him or herself, fondling of the genitals or requests for the child to do so, oral sex or attempts to enter the vagina or anus with fingers, objects or penis, although actual penetration is rarely achieved.
There are many reasons children might hesitate or be afraid to tell us about what has happened, including their relationship to the offender, fear of the consequences, retaliation or uncertainty about whether or not they will be believed.
www.safechild.org /childabuse1.htm   (436 words)

 Child Sexual Abuse // National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
These sexual behaviors are intended to erotically arouse the older person, generally without consideration for the reactions or choices of the child and without consideration for the effects of the behavior upon the child.
Behaviors that are sexually abusive often involve bodily contact, such as in the case of sexual kissing, touching, fondling of genitals, and oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse.
Because sexual abuse often occurs in private, and because it often does not result in physical evidence, child sexual abuse can be difficult to detect.
www.ncptsd.va.gov /facts/specific/fs_child_sexual_abuse.html   (1293 words)

 Sexual Abuse of Males: Prevalence, Possible Lasting Effects, and Resources
Lisak and his colleagues argue that the criteria they employed to assess sexual abuse are clear and relatively conservative in their treatment of the issues of power and subjects' responses.
Clinicians' responses to disclosure of childhood sexual abuse.
Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim.
www.jimhopper.com /male-ab   (10320 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Support Groups: Sexual Abuse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Abused Empowered Survivor Thrive - Support to survivors of sexual abuse either as a child or adult, with related subjects such as date rape, male rape, panic attack, eating disorders and self harm.
Central Agencies Sexual Abuse Treatment Program - Develops support and treatment services for child and youth victims of sexual abuse, their families and offenders.
Surviving Child Sexual Abuse - Provide treatment and information to children and their families who may not otherwise get the help that they are in need of.
dmoz.org /Society/Support_Groups/Sexual_Abuse   (596 words)

 Surviving Child Sexual Abuse
This includes providing sexual abuse treatment (individual, family, or group therapy) to children between the age of 3 and 18 for over fourteen years.
He has presented sexual abuse information to a variety of audiences at the local, state, and national level.
This site will be developing newsletters concerning aspects of child sexual abuse including perpetrator dynamics and the factors perpetrators consider in choosing their victims.
www.geocities.com /mandy62657   (551 words)

 Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse: Scientific Research & Scholarly Resources
Because the abuse was documented in hospital records this is the first study to provide evidence that some adults who claim to have recovered memories of child sexual abuse recall actual events which occurred in childhood.
Many of the sexual experiences considered to be sexual abuse (e.g., showing/touching sex organs, kissing in a sexual way) may be seen as developmental rites of passage, part of a learning process.
Sexually abused men are significantly more likely to consider that they were sexually abused and to report more often having had sex against their will than are controls, but so are physically abused or neglected men.
www.jimhopper.com /memory   (17356 words)

 Resources for Victims of Sexual Abuse by Susan K. Smith, Atty., Hartford and Avon, CT.
National state-by-survey of extended and discovery-based statutes of limitations applicable to civil damage claims for childhood sexual abuse.
A guide for parents to teach their children personal safety rules to reduce the risk of sexual abuse.
Special statute of limitations allowing victims of childhood sexual abuse to bring civil actions for damages up to the date preceding the victim's 35th birthday.
www.smith-lawfirm.com /resources.html   (1199 words)

 Sexual Abuse By Military Recruiters, More Than 100 Women Raped Or Assaulted By Recruiters In Past Year - CBS News
Most recruiters found guilty of sexual misconduct are disciplined administratively, facing a reduction in rank or forfeiture of pay; military and civilian prosecutions are rare.
The increase in sexual misconduct incidents is consistent with overall recruiter wrongdoing, which has increased from just over 400 cases in 2004 to 630 cases in 2005, according to a General Accounting Office report released this week.
Skelton says such abuses are "absolutely unacceptable" and he proposes a military-wide adoption of a "No One Alone" policy.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2006/08/19/national/main1913849.shtml   (788 words)

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My name is Kimberly and I am an adult survivor of child sexual abuse, I am also the parent of a beautiful four year old little girl.
Child sexual abuse is legally defined as " all inappropriate sexual activity between an adult and a child".
In fact approximately 85% of sexual offenders are known to the child and 50% are parent figures.
www.geocities.com /Hollywood/2594/abuse.html   (1370 words)

 Advice: Coping with Sexual Abuse
I was sexually abused by two family friends, I have a daughter that I gave up for adoption when I was a teenager.
When I told my mother about the sexual abuse, she said "It happened to me as a child, I'm fine and you will be too, just forget it ever happened." This is only a few of the many things I have gone through in my life.
What happens to women who have been sexually abused is a sort of syndrome....
www.hoyweb.com /lh/sexabuse.htm   (1162 words)

 The Catholic Church and the Scandal of Sex Abuse by Priests
As the hierarchy works to address the problems of pedophilia and coverups, many in the pews are demanding accountability and change.
Michael Hennigan, attorney for the archdiocese, said in the courtroom that his views of clergy sex abuse had changed over the years he spent on the cases, largely through his private meetings with 70 plaintiffs.
According to a tally prepared by the Los Angeles Times, the previous largest settlement of abuse cases in the United States since 2002 was the $157 million the Boston Archdiocese agreed to pay to 983 claimants in several different settlement agreements.
www.americancatholic.org /News/ClergySexAbuse   (1276 words)

 ACRL WSS Core Lists in Women's Studies - Sexual Abuse
www.library.wisc.edu /libraries/WomensStudies/core/crsexab.htm   (534 words)

 Sexual Abuse Treatment, Referral, Resource, and Research Page
Matthew Rosenberg is a treatment specialist, researcher, writer, and consultant in the areas of sexual crimes/deviancy and abuse.
Parents must teach their children appropriate boundaries, education, and values, and also be aware of the signs of sexual abuse.
Therapists must be knowledgeable in the area of sexual abuse, and prepared to make referrals to specialists.
www.angelfire.com /mi/collateral   (476 words)

 Sexual Abuse
Sexual relationships should be consensual between partners who are developmentally, physically, and emotionally capable of understanding the interaction.
Coerced and exploitative sexual acts and behaviors such as rape, incest, sexual relations between adults and children, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment are always reprehensible.
This curriculum, which covers sexual abuse and harassment in six sessions, is designed to help teens distinguish between healthy sexuality and sexual abuse and violence.
www.siecus.org /pubs/biblio/bibs0002.html   (6172 words)

 Darkness to Light - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Let your love of art prevent child sexual abuse so that more children will grow up healthy and whole.
This guide teaches parents about their personal power and responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse.
Download the 7 Steps to Protecting our Children, guiding responsible adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
www.darkness2light.org   (406 words)

 Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.
RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).
www.rainn.org   (475 words)

 Help for the Abused - ONE WAY! Which Way Are You Going?
All women are potential victims of sexual assault.
Jewish women may feel pressure to not bring shame to their community by revealing the abuse in their marriage, or that it is their responsibility to maintain shalom bayit, or peace in the home.
Step 3: The person who abused me is responsible for the sexual acts committed against me. I will not accept the guilt and shame resulting from those sexual acts.
oneway.jesusanswers.com /whats_new.html   (2379 words)

 Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse
is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 organization working with others toward the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.
Child sexual abuse is a silent epidemic throughout the United States and the world, creating social havoc–for the children, adult survivors, and society.
It can be prevented and it can be treated, but a conscious and sustained effort to ensure the safety of the children is both missing and essential.
www.stopcsa.org   (231 words)

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