Sexual Abuse

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IS A CRIME.    It occurs when someone uses a child or young person for their own sexual pleasure.  It happens to both female and male children.  Nearly all of the abusers are male, although some are female.

It often involves someone the child knows and trusts such as a parent, sibling or other family member, carer, babysitter, religious leader, teacher of friend of the family.

Abusers are often seen as ‘normal’ by their friends, families and workmates. Unfortunately we live in a society in which some men consider it is their right to force sexual contact with children, especially in their families.

Any form of sexual activity with a child by an adult or older person, is abusive.

It includes:

  • fondling and masturbation in front of a child and between adults and children.
  • oral sex, vaginal or anal intercourse.
  • flashing
  • sexual exhibitionism.
  • photographing nude children.
  • child prostitution.


Your child was not responsible for the sexual abuse even if:

  • she/he wanted to spend time with the abuser.
  • she/he didn’t tell you about what was happening.
  • she/he couldn’t stop the abuse from happening.


No one ever asks to be sexually abused. It is possible for a child to care for the person who is abusing them. But this does not mean that they want the abuse to happen or that they like it.