Tactics and Behaviours of a Child Molester – Abuser
Definition of Sexual Abuse: Non-Contact
- Forced to watch sexual acts
- Forced to listen to sexual talk, including comments, tapes, and obscene phone calls
- Sexually explicit material such as videos, DVDs, magazines, photographs, etc.; can be in-person, on the computer via e-mails, and otherwise through the Internet
- Forced to look at sexual parts of the body–includes buttocks, anus, genital area (vulva, vagina, penis, scrotum), breasts, and mouth
Fact: An adult exposing genitals to a child accounted for 12% of substantiated abuse cases (Trocme & Wolfe, 2001, p.13 (5)).
Sexually intrusive questions or comments; can be verbal, on the computer, or in notes
Definition of Sexual Abuse: Contact
- Being touched and fondled in sexual areas, including kissing
- Fact: Touching and fondling of the genitals was the most common form of substantiated abuse cases–69% of the cases (Trocme & Wolfe, 2001, p.13 (6)).
- forcing a child or youth to touch another person’s sexual areas
- forced oral sex–oral sex is when the mouth comes in contact with the penis, the vagina or the anus; many children believe that oral sex is “talking dirty”
- forced intercourse–can be vaginally, anally or orally; penetration must occur; penetration can be with body parts and/or objects (the most common body parts used are the fingers, tongue and penis)
- Fact: Attempted and completed intercourse accounted for 35% of substantiated abuse cases (Trocme & Wolfe, 2001, p.13 (7)).
- Note: The word “rape” is no longer a term used in Canadian law. The Canada Criminal Code now uses the term “Sexual Assault”–it has a broader meaning and encompasses all aspects of the definition of sexual abuse.
(5), (6),(7) Trocme, N., & Wolfe, D. (2001). Child maltreatment in Canada: Canadian incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect: Selected results. Ottawa: National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Health Canada