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Children and the Nature of Sexual Abuse

Sep 5th 2015 at 4:50 AM

Sexual Abuse of Children

Potential warning signs can in fact mean different things, and it’s not always necessarily the case that a child is being subjected to sexual abuse.

Should you be concerned about your own child or a child that you know who is exhibiting signs of sexual abuse, you should seek professional help immediately.

An estimated 9.3 percent of either substantiated or confirmed child abuse cases in the U.S. during 2005 involved an element of sexual abuse.

What this translates to is some 83,800 victims. Nevertheless, a variety of other studies suggest that there are many more children who suffer sexual abuse and yet this is never officially reported.

Child Sexual Abuse – What is it?

At one extreme, sexual abuse of children includes sexual intercourse or a particular deviation. At the other extreme, sexual abuse encompasses sexually touching as well as non-touching offenses together with any form of sexual exploitation. All of which can be equally as harmful to a child’s well-being.

The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse – What are they?

Extending far beyond the years of childhood, the effects of sexual abuse not only robs a child of their younger years, but generates a loss of trust, a sensation of guilt, and perhaps even self-abusive behavior.

This can further lead to depression, anti-social behavior, loss of self-esteem, identity confusion, and other disturbing emotional problems. And later in life, it may impact the ability to have an intimate relationship and can lead to untoward behavior in a variety of ways.

Proving Sexual Abuse

Should sexual abuse arise, the victim may be the sole witness and the statement procured from the child may exist as the only evidence.

In such a case, the main issue can depend on whether the statement given by the child is trustworthy.

There are a number of child welfare experts who claim that a child never lies about being a victim of sexual abuse and they should always be believed.Nevertheless, sexual abuse cases involving children can be extremely difficult to prove, since cases that involve definitive, objective evidence tend to be the exception and not the rule.

First indications of sexual abuse may be devoid of any physical signs, but do include a behavioral change or some other abnormality.

Frequently, a reaction to a child’s disclosure of being a victim is that of disbelief and the child’s statement is merely rejected.


If your child or any child you know has potentially been a victim of sexual abuse, please get in touch with our Houston sex crimes lawyer for further advice.

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