Sexual abuse occurs when a person uses a child for sexual purposes. Sexual abuse includes any sexual act involving a child and parent, a person caring for a child, a person in a position of trust or any other person.
Sexual abuse can include:
In the short term, young victims of sexual violence can experience major emotional, psychological and physical health problems. Severe after-effects can also manifest themselves in several areas of function, including adaptation and interpersonal functioning, control of emotions, cognition, memory, neurological functions, mood, behaviour, attention, attachment and impulse control.
Young victims of sexual violence are at significantly higher risk of presenting with:
Youth exposed to this type of violence are more likely:
Youth with a history of sexual violence engage more often in risky behaviour, such as:
If you suspect or uncover something, you have a duty to report it.