In the most basic of definitions, incest is a type of child sexual abuse that occurs within a familial context between those who are related by blood, marriage, family relationships, or close familiarity. Incest is distinguished from molestation, in that molestation is child sexual abuse that occurs between strangers or those who know each other at a distance. Sexual abuse in the form of incest may or may not include intercourse between members of the same family other than husband and wife.

Sexual acts that are considered incestuous may include making sexually harassing statements and/or anti-women jokes; treating the victim as a sexual object; insisting that one is dressed in a sexual way that is inappropriate; minimizing feelings about sexuality; criticizing the victim sexually; insisting on ...

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