Child Sexual Abuse


There are many signs of child sexual abuse, but many parents misunderstand the signs. Some parents may communicate poorly with their children, or believe the child is acting out or just shy.


What is child sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse is considered to be any sexual act with a child by a parent, an adult, or someone who is older and/or more powerful. It involves forcing, tricking, bribing, threatening, or pressuring a child into sexual activity.


In 85% of reported cases, the abuser is a relative, close family friend, or an adult the child knows and trusts.


Child sexual abuse is never the child's fault. The best way to keep your child safe is to keep communication as open as possible between you and your child.


If you or someone you is a victim or child sexual abuse, Call RDVIC at (304) 292-5100 


The abuse can be physical, verbal, or emotional and includes:

sexual touching or fondling of a child's sexual body parts

forcing a child to touch another person's sexual body parts

exposing a child to adult sexual activity or pornographic material

having a child undress, pose, or perform in a sexual manner

taking pornographic pictures of a child

'peeping' into bathrooms or bedrooms to watch the child

exposing oneself to a child

attempted or actual oral, anal, or vaginal penetration

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