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Types of Child Abuse – Sexual Child Abuse and Exploitation

Types of Child Abuse – Sexual Child Abuse and Exploitation

Sexual Child Abuse and Exploitation

Sexual abuse and exploitation is any sexual contact with a child or the use of a child for the sexual pleasure of someone else.  Sexual child abuse ranges from sexual harassment to sexual activity, inappropriate intimacy involving using a child for sexual purposes, as well as any effort(s) of an adult to seduce a minor into a sexual relationship, whether the act is accomplished or not, is considered a form of child sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is forced unwanted sex, demanding the partner wear more (or less) provocative clothing; forced sex in any form; insisting the partner act out fantasies, and denial of the partner’s sexuality. Sexual abuse is the use of a child or youth for sexual gratification. Child sexual abuse, sexual molestation or sexual exploitation can include any kind of sexual act directed toward a child by an adult or by an older or more powerful child or any sexual act which involves a threat or violence.

Attempted or completed sexual relations

  • Any type of penetration of a child’s vagina or anus, however slight, by a penis, finger, tongue or other object
  • Intercourse
  • Oral sex performed on a child or telling a child to perform oral sex
  • Rape
  • Sodomy

An adult masturbating in front of a child

  • Rubbing (masturbating) against a child
  • Exhibitionism

Exposure of the genitals

  • Photographing the child’s genitals or the child in a sexual position.
  • Inviting a child to touch the adult’s or another’s genitals
  • Fondling of the genitals or requests for the child to do so
  • Touching or fondling child’s genitals by an adult
  • Exposing private parts to the child or asking the child to expose him or herself
  • Oral sex or attempts to enter the vagina or anus with fingers, objects or penis, although actual penetration is rarely achieved.


  • Is when a child is sexually violated by a parent, parent figure, older sibling, other relative, or other significant person in the child’s family life

Involving a child in prostitution or pornography

  • Photographing, videotaping, or filming of children with the intent to create sexual stimulation
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Exposing a child to pornography
  • Exposure of a child to erotic material

Making a child or youth watch sexual acts

  • Prolonged kissing, cuddling

French kissing, excessive touching

Sexual harassment

Talking to, taunting or teasing a child in a sexual way



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