Sexual abuse of children is growing at an alarming rate all over the world. Know about the signs of child sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse Of Children

Children are the antidote to depression. No matter how tired or stressed out you are, a glowing smile from an innocent child can do wonders to ease away the stress and exhaustion. But there are some heartless people who take pleasure in ripping away the innocence from a child. One of the most ruthless and ghastly offences is the sexual abuse of children. Innocent, young and helpless children often become the unsuspecting targets of sexual molestation by adults.
 
It is shocking to know that most children are abused by people known to them. Since the abuser is known and trusted, the child does not say no to unwanted advances. They hardly know anything about it. After they have been abused, the young children are often too afraid or guilty to tell about this incident to their parents as they feel they are responsible for it or may have been threatened by the intimidating adult. Sexual abuse can range from touching the child with sexual intentions to a sexual intercourse. Given below are the forms of sexual abuse in children
  • Exposing genital area to child for sexual gratification
  • Ridiculing the child's sexual development or organs
  • Forcing the child to engage in intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, etc
  • Making the child to see others being abused
  • Peeping on child while he/she is dressing, showering or using the restroom
  • Photographing the child for sexual purposes
  • Sexual talk with the child
  • Showing pornography to the child
  • Touching the child inappropriately
  • Verbal and emotional abuse of a sexual nature 
There can be no guarantee of who the offender is. It may be a stranger, a compulsive offender or even someone in the family or neighborhood. The child requires immense support, trust and re-assurance of his/her parents in order to get over with what happened. Never ever panic or scold the child; you will only damage the child’s vulnerable mind even more. If you think your child may have been sexually abused, check out for one or more of the following signs. Don’t delay professional help for making the child get over it and emotionally balanced.
 
Possible Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Abrupt Change in Behavior or Personality
  • Aggression
  • Behaving like an Adult or too Babyish
  • Depression
  • Excessive Crying
  • Excessive Feeling of Guilt
  • Feelings of Helplessness
  • Lack of Trust in Anyone
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Obsessive Ideas
  • Persistent Nightmares
  • Self-Hate
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Sudden Drop in School Performance
  • Suicidal/Gestures/Attempts and Hurting Oneself
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Truancy
  • Unexplained Anxiety or Fear

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