The Dangers And Consequences Of Child Sexual Abuse

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Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a form of child abuse that children are sexually used because of their immaturity without letting them understand or giving informed consent (Giardino, 2014). It seems like child sexual abuse is a familiar word but somehow is secretively and socially unspeakable topic, which makes it a severe, insidious and persistent problem. Child sexual abuse rarely causes children to death and their physical injury and pain can be healed completely in time, however, its consequences and trauma to children victims can be very tough and serious even lasting through adulthood. Thus, child sexual abuse is a widespread phenomenon and worldwide concern. Merely in U.S., about 12% of children are abused sexually every year (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). It seems like it is a small percentage, but according to American children population, it is estimated around seven million children are suffered by sexually abused. …show more content…
Parents should be encouraged to teach their children about how to prevent being sexual abused, so when children are exposed to constant information, they are able to have right reaction towards perpetrators. Broadly speaking, parents have responsibility to teach children what sexual abuse is; educating them to raise their vigilance and identifying those potential abusers including those people who they trust or acquaint with; teaching children that they are the masters of their bodies so no one can access to touch them without their permissions and learning to say “no” to abusers and teaching that they should not hide those “secrets” as that is not their fault. Parents’ educating is a potential buffer to the risk of increasing sexual assault trauma (Jankowski, Leitenberg, Henning & Coffey,

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