Let’s Talk About Sexual Abuse – Ever had your organs fondled by that aunty as a kid? “Come sit on my lap” , your uncle said , then series of inappropriate touches as a kid.
Let’s talk sexual abuse….
When a child or young person is sexually abused, they’re forced or tricked into sexual activities.
They might not understand that what’s happening and they might be afraid to tell someone. Sexual abuse can happen anywhere.
It’s never a child’s fault that they were sexually abused and it’s key to make sure the child knows this.
There are 2 types of sexual abuse – contact and non-contact abuse.
CONTACT ABUSE is where an abuser makes physical contact with a child
NON-CONTACT ABUSE is where a child is abused without being touched by the abuser.
Contact includes :
Sexual touching of any part of a child’s body, whether they’re clothed or not.
Using a body part or object to rape or penetrate a child.
Forcing a child to take part in sexual activities.
Making a child undress or touch someone else.
Non contact includes :
Exposing or flashing.
Exposing a child to sexual acts.
Making them masturbate.
Forcing a child to make, view or share child abuse images or videos.
Making, viewing or distributing child abuse images or videos.
If a child talks to you about sexual abuse.
Listen carefully to what they’re saying.
Let them know they’ve done the right thing by telling you.
Tell them it’s not their fault.
Say you’ll take them seriously.
Don’t confront the alleged abuser.
Report the crime.
Signs of being a victim of sexual abuse include :
Avoiding being alone with or frightened of people or a person they know.
Language or sexual behaviour you wouldn’t expect them to know.
Having nightmares or bed-wetting.
Alcohol or drug misuse.
They could also exhibit :
Spend a lot more or a lot less time than usual online, texting, gaming or
Seem distant, upset or angry.
Be secretive about who they’re talking to and what they’re doing online or on their mobile phone.
Have lots of new phone numbers, texts.
PARENTS BE VIGILANT. WATCH YOIR KIDS. LISTEN MORE.
A huge percentage of us were inappropriately touched by aunties and Uncles with no idea what was going on.
You have to talk to your kids. Sexual education is also vital.
When you smell the risk or have evidence of abuse, please REPORT IT.
Shared by: Wakawaka Doctor
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