Child Sexual Abuse Often Swept Under the Rug

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Of all forms of abuse, sexual abuse is the most likely to go unreported;
particularly when it happens to a child. Parents and teachers often
miss the hints that are dropped by a child who has been victimized by
child sexual abuse. The child is testing the waters for a reaction and
when the hints are missed, the opportunity to help is gone.

When child sexual
abuse is reported

There is recent research
that indicates that the old presumption that children will give one detailed,
clear account of abuse is false. Disclosures of abuse often come out gradually,
sometimes as a series of hints. The first hint is often used by the child to
test the adult’s reaction; they may then follow-up with a bigger or clearer
hint if the first hint was handled well. Sadly, hints are often missed by
adults and it turns into a lost opportunity to provide help to the child. In
addition to children dropping information in hints, it is important to
understand that disclosure is often delayed until adulthood because children
fear a negative reaction or of being further harmed by the abuser.

Male
children are even less likely than female children to report being sexual
abused
. This could be partly attributed to the fact that men feel societal
pressure to be proud of early sexual activity, even if it was unwanted.

According to a study of adults called “Children and Young
People Disclosing Sexual Abuse: An Introduction to the Research,” suggests that
factors such as the relationship to the perpetrator, age at the first incident
of abuse, use of physical force, severity of abuse and demographic variables
like gender and ethnicity impact a child’s likelihood of disclosing abuse.

When children do disclose sexual abuse:

?? It is often to a friend or sibling but of all
adults, mothers are most likely to be told.

?? It is rare for children to report abuse to
authorities or professionals but teachers are most likely to be told of those
in this group.

Professionals used to wrongly promote the idea that children
frequently report false accounts of abuse. Current research shows a lack of
systematic evidence that false allegations are common as are recantations of
abuse.

Perpetrators of
sexual abuse

The majority is sexual abuse perpetrators (about 60 percent)
are known to the child but are not family members. Commonly these are people
trusted by the family such as family friends, babysitters, child care providers
and neighbors.

About 30 percent of sexual abuse perpetrators are family
members while only about 10 percent are strangers.

It is important to understand that not all perpetrators are
adults. In approximately 23 percent of reported cases of child sexual abuse,
the perpetrator is also under the age of 18.

A civil injury lawyer, also called a personal injury lawyer
is the best type of attorney to handle a civil case for the victim of sexual
assault. If you were victimized by a sexual assault, seek the guidance of a
civil injury attorney who can go over the details of your case and help you
fight for damages.

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have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
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Of all forms of abuse, sexual abuse is the most likely to go unreported;
particularly when it happens to a child. Parents and teachers often
miss the hints that are dropped by a child who has been victimized by
child sexual abuse. The child is testing the waters for a reaction and
when the hints are missed, the opportunity to help is gone.

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