Recognizing Child Abuse Program 3: Sexual Abuse
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Child Abuse and Neglect are all too common in society. Each year there are six million reports of suspected abuse and neglect made to child protective services in America alone. Of these, almost 900,000 cases are substantiated. Everyone working in health care and human service has a responsibility to be aware of this continuing problem. Program 3 of this series focuses on Sexual Abuse.
This program focuses on the various aspects of sexual abuse. Included are an overview and definition of sexual abuse, and the many ways that sexual abuse occurs, including incest, molestation, exhibitionism, child pornography and child prostitution.
Discussed in detail are the specific methods that abusers utilize with their victims, including grooming and ways of pressuring children into sexual activity.
Also described are actual physical signs of sexual abuse and ways of identifying suggestive behaviors in both victims and their suspicious caregivers.
Finally, this program addresses the important obligation and logistics of reporting child abuse when working in health and social services.