Childhood Sexual Abuse
Sexual contact with a youngster constitutes child sexual abuse, a type of child maltreatment. A youngster cannot give his or her consent to any sexual conduct. When a perpetrator interacts with a youngster in this way, they are engaging in behavior that can harm the victim for years to come. There is no requirement for physical contact between a perpetrator and a victim for child sexual abuse to occur. Some types of sexual abuse include but are not limited to:
Forcing a minor to masturbate or engaging in sexual activity while the youngster is present
Conversations, calls, texts, or online interactions that are obscene
Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
Any contact of a sexual nature that involves a minor and a legal adult
A perpetrator is not required to be a strange adult to hurt a child. They could be the child's elder brother or playmate, a family member, a caretaker, a teacher, a coach or instructor, or the parent of another child, among other relationships.