This workbook accompanies Treating Nonoffending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Connections for Family Safety. It features many useful checklists, illustrative diagrams, and spaces to record thoughts and feelings as the client works through the process.
Chapter 3: How Sexual Abuse Affects Children and Families
How Sexual Abuse Affects Children and Families
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse is any sexual touching, fondling, oral-genital contact, or rape of a child by an adult. For an adult to expose his or her genitals in a sexual way or to “peep” at an undressed child in a sexual way is abuse. Any kind of sexual activity between an adult and a child under 18 is child abuse. Using a child for one's own sexual pleasure is sexual abuse.
Sexual assault victims often experience long-lasting emotional pain from their abuse. They feel hurt, angry, and helpless. Frequently, they blame themselves because they feel they should have done something to stop or prevent the assault. Some victims feel ...