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Signs & Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse

Stages of Healthy Sexual Development

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Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

Who are the Victims?*

Victims include infants, toddlers, young children and teens. Children ages 8 to 11 comprise the largest number of sexually abused children while teens from 14 to 17 represent a third of victims. The fastest growing age group experiencing sexual abuse is children 6 and under. Children with physical and mental disabilities are especially vulnerable.

Victims of child sexual abuse often experience feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, and anger about what happened to them. Survivors of child sexual abuse relate feeling robbed of their right to a safe and healthy childhood. They describe feelings of hopelessness, difficulty trusting others, low self-esteem, and self-destructive behaviors.

The level of trauma endured by the victim depends on the amount of time the secret of being sexually abused is kept. The shorter amount of time the secret is kept, the easier it is to receive treatment and the recovery rate is much higher.

If a child discloses to you, stay calm and remain supportive. BY LAW, you must report the incident if you have any suspicions abuse has occured. See Reporting Child Sexual Abuse for more information.

*Information gathered from Program Materials.

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