Q: What is Sexual Abuse?
A: Abuse can be defined as: use to bad effect or for a bad purpose; treat with cruelty or violence; assault sexually; address in an insulting and offensive way. Sexual abuse refers to any action that pressures or coerces someone to do something sexually they don't want to do.
Q: How prevalent is sexual abuse among children?
A: According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.
Q: What percent of American girls have been sexually abused?
A: The National Center for Victims of Crime (2000) shows that 33% of girls (1 out of 3) are sexually abused before the age of 18.
Q: What percent of American boys have been sexually abused?
A: 16% of boys (roughly 1 out of 6) are sexually abused before the age of 18.
Q: What impact does marriage disharmony in divorce have on child sexual abuse?
A: Children who do not live with both parents as well as children living in homes marked by parental discord, divorce, or domestic violence, have a higher risk of being sexually abused.
Q: What are warning signs in children who may have been sexually abused?
A: The following behavior/s may be seen in a child or adolescent:
Deuteronomy 24:7 If a man is found kidnapping any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and mistreats him or sells him, then that kidnapper shall die; and you shall put away the evil from among you.
Leviticus 18:6, 9-11, 17 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD…The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover…The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness…The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness…Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.
Romans 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800 - 656 - 4673
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline 866 - 331 - 9474
National Child Sexual Abuse Helpline 866-367-5444
Stop It Now! 888-PREVENT (888-773-2362)