Child Sexual Abuse – Resources & Links

Symptoms of childhood sexual abuse:

  • Withdrawal and mistrust of adults

  • Suicidal thinking or behaviors

  • Unusual sexual knowledge or behavior, such as seductiveness

  • Unusual interest in or avoidance of all things sexual or physical

  • Sleep problems, nightmares, fears of going to bed

  • Frequent accidents or self-injurious behaviors

  • Unusual aggressiveness

  • Depression or withdrawal from friends or family

  • Refusal to go to school, or to the doctor, or home

  • Statements that their bodies are dirty or damaged, or fear that there is something wrong with them in the genital area

  • Secretiveness or unusual aggressiveness

  • Delinquency and conduct problems

  • Aspects of sexual molestation in drawings, games, fantasies

  • Neurotic reactions (obsessions, compulsiveness, phobias)

  • Habit disorders (biting, rocking)

  • Prostitution

  • Forcing sexual acts on other children

  • Extreme fear of being touched

  • Unwillingness to submit to physical examination

  • Not wanting to be left alone with a particular individual(s)

AAETS - American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

AACAP - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Why don’t children tell about sexual abuse?

There are many reasons children do not disclose being sexually abused, including:

  • Threats of bodily harm (to the child and/or the child’s family)

  • Fear of not being believed

  • Shame or guilt

  • Fear of being removed from the home

                        NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse Committee.

 

 

 

 

What is Child Sexual Abuse?

1Administration for Children and Families – Child Welfare Information Gateway, Definitions, Scope and Effects of Child Abuse: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/sexabuse/sexabuseb.cfm

2United States Department of Veteran Affairs, Child Sexual Abuse: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/child-sexual-abuse.asp

Warning Signs of Child Sexual Abuse

1MedlinePlus, Child Abuse – Sexual: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007224.htm

2Canadian Center for Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business:
http://www.protectchildren.ca/pdfs/itsyourbusiness_en.pdf

How to Report Child Sexual Abuse

1Canadian Center for Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business: http://www.protectchildren.ca/pdfs/itsyourbusiness_en.pdf

Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse. Sexual Abuse Recovery

1Jim Hopper Ph. D., Child Abuse – Statistics, Research, and Resources:
http://www.jimhopper.com/abstats/#help

Victims of Sexual Abuse: Do They Ever Get Over It?

1Administration for Children and Families – Child Welfare Information Gateway, Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/sexabuse/sexabusef.cfm

2Safe Horizon, After Sexual Assault:
http://www.safehorizon.org/images/uploads/misc/1272296041_After_Sexual_Assault_Bklt.pdf

Sexual Abuse Help: Where to Find It

1Health Canada, Child Sexual Abuse: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/H72-22-2-1997E.pdf

Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Children

1Canadian Center for Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business:  http://www.protectchildren.ca/pdfs/itsyourbusiness_en.pdf

I Was Molested As a Child – Child Actors, Celebrities Speak Out

1DailyTop10, Top 10 Celebrities Who Suffered Child Abuse: http://www.dailytop10.net/top-10-celebrities-who-suffered-child-abuse/

2Hollywood Life, Ashley Judd: I Was Sexually Abused Repeatedly As a Child and Almost Killed Myself:
http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2011/04/05/ashley-judd-sexually-abused-as-child-book-all-that-is-bitter-and-sweet/?v02

3MSNBC Today, 'Housewives' star Hatcher reveals sex abuse:
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/11717426/ns/today-entertainment/t/housewives-star-hatcher-reveals-sex-abuse/#.T6BanzVVGuI

4ABC News, Mo'Nique, Gabriel Byrne Shine Light on Sex Abuse:
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/monique-gabriel-byrne-celebrities-speak-out-sex-abuse/story?id=9615958#.T6BdHTVVGuI

How to Protect Your Children from Child Predators

1Canadian Center for Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business: 
http://www.protectchildren.ca/pdfs/itsyourbusiness_en.pdf

Why Are Children Sexually Abused?

1Administration for Children and Families, Child Information Gateway, Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse:
http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/sexabuse/sexabusef.cfm

Sexual Abusers - Who are These Child Abusers?

1Department of Veteran Affairs, National Center for PTSD, Child Sexual Abuse:
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/child-sexual-abuse.asp

2The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Child Sexual Abuse:
http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/H72-22-2-1997E.pdf

3The National Center for the Victims of Crime, Child Sexual Abuse:
http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx?dbName=DocumentViewer&DocumentID=32315#9

4Medscape Reference, Child Sexual Abuse: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/915841

Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

1Canadian Center for Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse – It's Your Business:
http://www.protectchildren.ca/pdfs/itsyourbusiness_en.pdf

2ChildHelp, Child Sexual Abuse Statistics:
http://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/

3The National Center for the Victims of Crime, Child Sexual Abuse:
http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx?dbName=DocumentViewer&DocumentID=32315#9

4Administration for Children and Families, Child Welfare Information Gateway, Definitions, Scope and Effects of Child Sexual Abuse: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/sexabuse/sexabuseb.cfm

5The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Child Sexual Abuse:
http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/H72-22-2-1997E.pdf

6Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD, Child Sexual Abuse:
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/child-sexual-abuse.asp

 

https://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/abuse-information/references-for-abuse-articles/

 

Freyd article:  The science of child sexual abuse. 

 

http://www.stopfamilyviolence.org/info/child-sexual-abuse/the-science-of-child-sexual-abuse/

 

 

[1] Freyd, J., et al.  (2005).  The Science of Child Sexual Abuse.  Science 308(5721), 501. http://www.stopfamilyviolence.org/info/child-sexual-abuse/the-science-of-child-sexual-abuse/

 

http://www.oneinfourusa.org/statistics.php

 

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University

  • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying

  • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above

  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.

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