The term child sex abuse defines a wide spectrum of scenarios. Though complex and intricate, it is easy to understand when being taught the right way. Child sex abuse is essentially the act of sexual power one person inflicts onto a minor, or this act of sexual power/control between two minors. When one person is controlling, influencing, or forcing a child into a sexual act, that is child sex abuse. However, the term does not end there.
While some people may think that abuse means only physical acts, it is important to know that there are numerous forms of abuse – both contact and non-contact. Child sex abuse does not only mean engaging in sexual intercourse with a child. The way someone talks to, touches, photographs, teases, or what they expose to a child can all be ways of inflicting sexual abuse.
Child sex abuse remains the most unreported crime as it is estimated that 95% of victims do not report their abuse. Therefore, it is difficult to obtain concrete statistics on the issue. It is however estimated that between 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will experience an unwanted sexual act before they reach the age of 18. Child sex abuse is a crime and punishable by law. If you suspect any form of child sex abuse, it is your duty to report it right away.