The World Health Organization Defines Child Sexual Abuse

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The World Health Organization defines child sexual abuse (CSA) is defined by as “The involvement of a child in sexual activity that he or she does not fully comprehend, is unable to give informed consent to, or for which the child is not developmentally prepared and cannot give consent, or that violates the laws or social taboos of society” (WHO, 2003). Contrary to popular belief, child sexual abuse is not limited to a certain type of child. Sexual abuse consists of both female and male victims, and is perpetrated by strangers, family or friends, and men and women who are made up of different religions and backgrounds (www.ParentsProtect.co.uk). Child sexual abuse can be quite ambiguous and may be difficult to determine due to the multiple actions defined by it. The abuse can consist of touching behaviors including touching a child’s genitals, one having a child touch their genitals, penetration with a body part or object, or fondling, as well as non-touching that can be exposing one’s genitals to a child, showing a child pornography, or taking sexual pictures of a child (Ibid). Sexually abusing a child can also be performed through exploitation, whether it is using a child in pornography, sex trafficking, or prostitution (www.AmericanHumane.org, 2013). It is often difficult to discover cases of child sexual abuse due to a lack of disclosure. This may be due to abuse happening within the family or because the perpetrator instills fear in the child through threats. Aside…

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