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Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse includes a wide range of behaviours, all of which involve the encouragement or coercion of a child or young person to participate in sexual activities, whether or not they are aware of what is happening and whether or not such behaviour may be defined by others as abusive. Sexual abuse does not necessarily only involve physical contact (such as penetrative and non-penetrative sexual acts); it also includes activities that do not necessitate contact, such as involving children in the watching or production of pornography, watching the sexual activity of others, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

The (re-)emergence of child abuse as a social concern in the western world in the latter part of the 20th century initially ...

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