What is child sexual abuse?
Children cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. Child sexual abuse can range from fondling or sexual touch, to any form of intercourse, to sex trafficking. Child sexual abuse also does not require physical contact between the abuser and the child. Showing children pornography, exposing oneself to a minor or convincing the minor to expose themselves in person or over the internet, exchanging sexually obscene messages, are all forms of abuse as well.
Learn more and take action through the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s various campaigns related to child sexual exploitation.
Personal testimony from a woman who submitted her story to be shared with others. I don’t know how old my brother was when our cousins started molesting him. He must’ve been very young- around five years old. I knew it happened during thanksgiving because that was the only time we saw those cousins. The boys were […]
A 2017 research study examined how parents responded when their younger-than-12-year-old children were exposed to adult content. “A Qualitative Study of what U.S. Parents Say and Do when Their Young Children See Pornography” involved parents completing a survey questionnaire about their reaction to such a situation. This study found that parents reacted in one of […]
Personal testimony from a woman who submitted her experience of child-on-child sexual abuse to be shared. When I was young, about 4 yrs old, my oldest brother started molesting me. He was a child himself, at 8. We were often left alone while both parents worked and he became curious. I was too little to know anything. […]
In March of 2017 the National Center on Sexual Exploitation held a national briefing event at the U.S. Capitol building. The event was entitled “The Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda.” Distinguished speakers from around the country arrived to educate staffers and members of Congress and the Executive branch about the landscape of the full spectrum of […]
Ep. 24 Presentation at the U.S. Capitol reveals the intersection between forms of sexual exploitation. Evidence supports the fact that child sexual abuse, prostitution, pornography, sex trafficking, sexual violence, etc., are not isolated phenomena occurring in a vacuum. Rather, these and other forms of sexual abuse and exploitation overlap and reinforce one another. Accordingly, the […]
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