Sexual abuse may or may not involve physical contact. It is any act that engages a child in an activity for sexual purposes.
Sexual abuse doesn’t discriminate. Any family, individual, economic class, ethnic group or religion can be affected.
Most sexually abused children are victimized by someone they know.
Sexual abuse is a crime, no matter what the relationship between the offender and victim.
Sexual abuse often continues because of insistence on secrecy through coercion or intimidation; or because of threats, bribes, or the unequal power between the offender and child.
A child may not be able to tell parents directly about abuse. The child may fear disbelief, punishment or family break-up, and may feel shame or a desire to protect the abuser, if that person is someone the child knows and trusts.