What is child sexual abuse? This question may seem obvious to those who have experienced or witnessed it, but many people in society still do not understand this term. This abuse does not only involve physical contact with a person; it also includes verbal and non-verbal communication as well. Commercial sexual exploitation of minors is an illegal transaction which involves the exploitation of a minor, or persons under the age of legal consent.
There are a number of warning signs to look out for when one sees something suspicious regarding child sexual exploitation. One of the signs is when a minor is placed in a situation where they can be coaxed or controlled by adults. For instance, a minor might be placed in a situation where they cannot refuse an adult’s request for a change of clothes or they may be asked to perform sex acts. There are other instances where children are coerced into performing sexual acts because they are threatened with harm or use force.
Another sign to look out for is when sexually transmitted diseases are presented to children who are in a vulnerable state. Some sexual diseases such as gonorrhea or syphilis can be transmitted through non-sexual methods. There are a number of cases where young people who are being sexually solicited by pimps and prostitutes are given untreated gonorrhea. Untreated syphilis can develop into a serious infection and the patient may also develop heart problems. The same goes for a sexually transmitted disease known as genital herpes, in which sometimes patients do not show any visible signs or symptoms.
Health professionals have been calling for a thorough examination of child sexual exploitation in the US, in particular focusing on teenagers and young people. They have argued that young people are not receiving appropriate care and guidance from professionals, which leaves them vulnerable to exploitation. Health professionals have also argued that there is lack of understanding and awareness of what is child sexual exploitation. There is a tendency for health professionals to view the problem as something between an adult and child.
The problem of child sexual exploitation has taken centre stage in the US in recent months due to theandalous case of priests who were abused by minors. Priests were found to be sexually abusing minors in their own homes. One of the victims told reporters that she was molested by her priest while she was a minor. This case brought to light the chape of abuse against children by clergy members. It also highlighted the lack of protection for children who are sexually abused by minors.
In Canada, similar trends can be seen with respect to what is called “unexplained infertility”. There is a tendency for young people to seek help for sexually transmitted diseases even though they do not display obvious signs of having the disease. This leads to questions as to why health professionals are not aware of the potential damage done to young people through what is called “unexplained infertility”.
Child sexual exploitation usually involves some form of force or threats to take advantage of the naivety of the youth. It is often related to the coercion of a person into having sex. There is often the threat of exposure to harmful materials if the victim does not consent to the activity. If the victim is not informed about the potential risks of sexual images and messages from an abusive source, he/she is likely to expose themselves to unnecessary risk. They may also be exposed to the risk of shame, ridicule and stigma if the abuse is discovered when they are ready to get married. All this leaves a lasting scar on the psyche of the victim and can cause them great emotional distress.
What is child sexual abuse? It is, in essence, a form of rape, but it rarely is. Usually it takes place within a family or between extended family members. Most victims get help after they disclosure their abuse to others. The trauma is long-term and extremely damaging to the lives of the victims.