Child sexual abuse occurs when an adult, adolescent or child uses their power or authority to involve a child in sexual activity. Child sexual abuse can cause significant physical and emotional harm to a child, which lasts into adulthood. Female and male survivors of child sexual abuse are increasingly speaking out about their traumatic experiences and the betrayal of trust by offenders. What are the myths and misunderstandings about child sexual abuse? What forms does it take? What are the behavioural signs to look out for in children and perpetrators? How do you report your concerns or personal experiences of abuse? The book explores the prevalence, forms and impacts of child sexual abuse, and the responses to disclosure of child abuse by children and survivors. How can society break the silence, bring perpetrators to light, and better protect our children?
Chapter 1: Prevalence and impacts of child sexual abuse
Chapter 2: Responding to child sexual abuse
Exploring issues – worksheets and activities
Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index
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