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Tactics and Behaviours of a Child Molester – Abuser

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

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