What is child sexual abuse?
Child sexual abuse is sexual activity between an adult and a child. (Note: a child may be sexually abused by another child, too.)
Examples of physical sexual abuse are:
- fondling a child or touching a child in a sexual way
- making a child touch an adult’s or older child’s sexual organs
- oral contact with genitals involving a child and an adult or older child
- penetration, attempted penetration, or any genital-to-genital contact.
Examples of nonphysical sexual abuse are:
- indecent exposure (for example, displaying genitals)
- talking to a child about sex for inappropriate reasons, or telling sexual stories
- making obscene phone calls to a child
- sending sexually-oriented e-mail or text messages to a child
- allowing a child to watch or hear sexual acts or materials
- showing a child pornography or other inappropriate sexual material.
Examples of exploitive sexual abuse are:
- child pornography- photographs, films, videotapes, Internet sites or live performances of children in sexual activities or poses
- child prostitution- when children are paid by adults for sexual services (adults may pay money or provide a child with shelter, food or drugs)
- sex rings- when one or more adults sexually abuse children in small groups
- Internet exploitation- when an adult uses e-mail or Web sites to find children to sexually abuse.