The Effects Of Sexual Abuse On A Child

1316 Words Apr 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
According to a study in the U.S., one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before they turn eighteen years old (Wurtele, 2014). Abuse to a child whether in the form of physical, emotional, sexual, or neglect is never acceptable. Children are our future, and we should treat our future with respect and guidance in order to ensure a happy and safe environment for all. Unfortunately, many children are abused around the world whether it is physically, emotionally, sexually, or through neglect. Sexual abuse to a child, to many, is unthinkable. Who could do such a thing? Through research, there seems to be a connection between sexual abuse as a child, and prostitution. The impact that sexual abuse has on a child should not only be further researched in order to gain a better understanding, but should also prevented and raise awareness towards the issue. Effects
Sexual abuse, like any form of abuse, can have an abundance of effects on an individual. One study claims that partnered with sexual abuse, is often a lack of parental involvement (Vigil, Geary, Byrd-Craven, 2005). This may be due to the lack of monitoring the child, or in the case of incest, a lack of respect towards the child. With women, sexual abuse can result in a lack of self worth, low self-esteem, and an unhappy view on their overall body image (Vigil et al., 2005). The researchers also suggest that a child who has been sexually abused may become sexually active earlier in their life compared to…
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