Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse is the physical violation of a child’s body through any sort of sexual contact or a psychological violation of a child’s personal space through verbal or visual sexual behavior. It is considered abuse when the sexual when the sexual contact is imposed upon a child by an adult or when it is imposed upon a child by another child that has more power either emotionally or developmentally.
Incest is child sexual abuse involving sexual contact between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal or forbidden by custom. Incest is also a term used to describe the statutory crime of sexual relations with such a near relative.
Persons who have been sexually abused as children often experience some of all or these problems:
- depression and anxiety
- self-destructive behavior
- feelings of isolation and stigma
- poor self-esteem
- difficulty trusting others
- substance abuse
- sexual maladjustment
Childhood sexual assault is an experience that can be repressed but never forgotten, healed but never reversed, overcome but never erased. Getting well is a journey with God that takes work, faith, truth, and time.