Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse most commonly involves exploitation of a child for sexual gratification.

The abuser may be an adult or an older child or adolescent, and the abuse may include forcing a child to engage in sexual activities, asking or pressuring the child to do so (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure of the genitals to a child, displaying pornography to a child, rubbing the genitals against the child, physical contact with the child’s genitals, viewing of the child’s genitalia without physical contact, or using a child to produce child pornography.  Selling the sexual services of a child is also sexual abuse.

Bodily signs of sexual abuse:
Behavioral signs of sexual abuse:


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