About Abuse

Sexual abuse occurs when an older person forces, coerces, or tricks a child into sexual contact or acts intended for the sexual gratification of the older person.

          Sexual abuse may involve:
  • Touching the child's private parts or making the child touch the offender
  • Oral/genital contact
  • Vaginal or anal penetration with a penis, finger or object
  • Coerced sexual acts between children
  • Making children view or participate in pornography
  • Indecent exposure or "flashing"