What is child sexual abuse?
Little Warriors Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse
- The inappropriate exposure or subjection of a child to sexual contact, activity or behaviour.
- Child sexual abuse, sexual molestation or sexual exploitation can include any kind of sexual act directed toward a child by an adult or by an older or more powerful child or any sexual act which involves a threat or violence.
Sexual acts may include the following:
- Touching of a child's genitals by an adult.
- An adult telling the child to touch the adult's or another's genitals.
- Exposure of the genitals, including photographing the child's genitals or the child in a sexual position.
- An adult masturbating in front of a child.
- Rubbing (masturbating) against a child.
- Oral sex performed on a child or telling a child to perform oral sex.
- Any type of penetration of a child's vagina or anus, however slight, by a penis, finger, tongue or other object.
- Exposing a child to pornography or using a child in pornography.
- Talking to, taunting or teasing a child in a sexual way.
15 Lures of Sexual Predators
Abusers rely on trickery and deceit to achieve their goals in approaching and seducing their victims. Read the 15 commonly used lures to learn more about how you can proactively protect your children.
Most acts of molestation are committed by a person known and trusted by the child.
The methods are unlimited and are meant to entice children away from safety. The offender may pretend to be disabled and in need of a helping hand, which children are usually too willing to offer.
Children are taught to respect and obey adults. The offender takes advantage of that respect and obedience by using their positions as coaches, clergy, parents, scout leaders, etc. to intimidate or force children into sexual exploitation or abduction.
Bribes such as candy, money, and drugs are used to entice or manipulate children into situations and/or settings where sexual contact and activity can be initiated.
Molesters use compliments and offers to fame and fortune to lure children into abuse or abduction. Children may be offered private auditions and told to keep it a secret from their parents.
This is used by abductors to confuse or worry the child. The child is then easily manipulated due to their anxiety and fear.
Fun and Games Lure
Offenders may suggest innocent body contact games such as tickling or wrestling to facilitate sexual contact.
Molesters may abuse a child’s adoration for them, using it to molest and/or abduct them.
The offer of a short-term job or errand may be used to molest or abduct a child. Adolescents and even college students may be attracted by promises of high paying or interesting jobs.
Name Recognition Lure
Marking clothes and other belongings with the child’s name enables the offender to call the child by name, creating a false sense of familiarity and security.
The victim may be encouraged or coerced by the offender to usher other children into an abusive setting.
Many child molesters routinely expose their intended victims to pornography thus "normalizing" sexual activity and setting the stage for seduction.
Threats and Fear Lure
Molesters may blackmail or threaten children into cooperation or silence. They may even confront the child with an actual weapon (i.e. "Get in the car or I’ll shoot you").
Molesters will often use drugs, especially alcohol to incapacitate or seduce children. The lure of drugs is often used in conjunction with pornography.
Some molesters are actually logging on to the Internet to chat with thousands of children, ultimately luring some into dangerous situations.