Sexual Abuse And Its Effects On Children Essay

3457 WordsJun 16, 201514 Pages
Child sexual abuse is any interaction between a child and an adult (or another child) in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer. According to the Indian law, anybody below the age of 18 years is defined as a child. Child sexual abuse has long remained a topic of taboo, until recently where people have shown openness to be aware of its prevalence and its effects on children. People have found it difficult to acknowledge the fact that sexual abuse of children of all ages. The issue of sexual abuse among children has become a great concern for the communities and legislative bodies across the world. The sexual abuse can be classified into: 1. Touching sexual offences  Fondling  Making a child touch an adult’s sexual organs  Penetrating a child’s vagina or anus with a penis or any other object 2. Non touching sexual offences  Exposing to pornographic material  Masturbating in front of the child  Engaging in indecent exposure  Deliberately exposing a child to sexual intercourse 3. Sexual exploitation  Engaging a child for the purpose of prostitution  Using a child for pornography Sexual abuse does not necessarily have to be physical. Other behaviours that count as sexual abuse apart from physical exploitation are: • Voyeurism- is a practice in which the individual derives sexual pleasure in observing other people engaged in sexual acts, nudity, undressing or in whatever other way the individual finds pleasurable.
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