Sexual abuse can be defined as any sexual involvement or contact by an adult or older child with a child.
It can include but is not limited to:
Exposing self to child
Multiple studies have shown that false allegations of sexual abuse are rare.
In fact 2% or less of all allegations are deliberately false. Remember, most children are afraid to disclose abuse because they fear the perpetrator or that they will be punished for what happened. That is why it is so important to believe a child who does find the courage to come forward.
There is not one type of abuser but children are most often abused by someone they know and trust.
Most children are molested by their fathers, grandfathers, mothers’ boyfriends, or other adult acquaintances.
Children are also abused by older siblings and peers. 80-90% of children are molested by someone the child and family know.