Abuse

The Problem:

Sexual Abuse
Physical Abuse
Emotional Abuse
General Behavior Manifestations of Abused Children
Myth&Fact;
  • Child sexual abuse is any form of sexual activity or contact between a child and an older person, male or female.
  • 75-85% of children sexually abused are abused by someone they know well and trust, often times, the person is in their family.
  • Reports of molest are up 300% from 1983, according to Children's Protective Services, Sacramento County.
  • 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 7 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.

Long Term Effects on Victims:

  • Confusion about love and sex.
  • Guilt, shame.
  • Prostitution, promiscuity.
  • Excessive and inappropriate fears.
  • Mistrust.
  • Depression.
  • Cycle of victimization continues. Abused children often grow up to be abusers or part of another abusing family.

Facts about Juvenile Sexual Offenders:

  • JSOs frequently experience serious conflict in their own family.
  • JSOs frequently have learning difficulties which have not been diagnosed or treated.
  • JSOs frequently have trouble relating to children of their own age. They instead relate to younger children, the same children they may sexually molest.
  • 80-90% of JSOs have been sexually molested by someone else prior to committing a sexual offense.
  • JSOs learn to be sexually abusive from being victimized physically, emotionally and sexually, by others.

Prevention and Education:

  • Increases awareness about the realities of child sexual abuse.
  • Dispels myths like, "Most children are molested by strangers."
  • Provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn about the problem and specific prevention strategies.
  • Teaches children non-abusive ways of resolving conflict.
  • Teaches caring adults how to respond when sexual abuse happens.

 

 
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