What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse can include both touching and non-touching behaviors. In general, no thought is given to what effect this behavior may have on the child. The abuser does not care about the reactions or choices of the child. Researchers estimate that about one out of six boys and one out of four girls have been sexually abused. Children respond to sexual assault in many different ways. It depends on their age, gender, personality and family circumstances.

If a child says she or he has been abused, the first thing to remember is to try to stay calm. You need to reassure the child that what happened is not his or her fault, and that you believe them. That you are proud he or her had the courage to tell you, and that you are there to keep him or her safe.

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Disclosing Abuse: How to Show Support and Break Stigmas

Recently, media outlets have spotlighted Hollywood celebrities who have come forward to disclose sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment. Hearing these stories may make us reflect on our own experiences with abuse, whether we were a victim or a bystander. Victims may become triggered by hearing these detailed stories, which means they are re-living their traumatic experiences.

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Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. Most adults want to help, but are unsure of how to get involved. Remember to follow the three Rs.

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Despite knowing about the risks of unsafe behaviors related to drugs, alcohol and sexuality, teens and adolescents still feel the powerful pull of peer pressure. 

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It’s important for everyone, especially parents, to know and understand signs and expectations of a healthy relationship, as well as an abusive one.