The Unknown Predator: “Child Sexual Abuse”
Professor: Lisa Smoot
January 29, 2012
Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse encompasses a wide, variety of abuses acts or experiences involving children private body parts. Sexual abuse is question when a child disclosure of intrafamily child abuse is complex.
Child sexual abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. Physical abuse might be the most visible sign, other types of abuse such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse or child neglect, also leave deep long lasting scars. Child sexual abuse happens in situations where the child trusts or is dependent on the offender. People who sexually abuse ...view middle of the document...
Intrafamilial sexual abuse means sexual abuse that occurs within the family. In this form of abuse a family member involves a child in sexual behaviors or activites. When children are abused by adults who are supposed to protect them from their ability to trust and relay on adults may be shattered. Knowing that the abuser is liked- or even loved- by other family members makes it all the more difficult for children to tell others about the abuse. Children who have been abused by a family member are more likely to blame themselves for the abuse than those who are abused by someone outside the family unit. Abusers often scare children by threatening to retaliate or by insinuating that the child will not be believed. The abuser may also confuse the child by implying that the abuse is the child’s fault. Comments such as "You asked for it,”"You were all over me,” and "I know you enjoyed it” are often used to blame and to silence the child. Sexual abuse of a child can never be the child’s fault. It is clearly indicated that children are at great risk of child abuse when not living in natural two – parent families, but in other family structures, such as blended families, single-parent families, and step-families. It has been found that children in single-parent households are especially vulnerable to abuse, sexual abuse of girls often at the hands of the mother’s boyfriend in families where the adult male was not the natural father. Sexual abuse of a child by a trusted adult also puts tremendous strain on relationships within the family. Some family members may find it hard to believe the abuser could do such a thing, and takes sides over who is telling the truth. Even in families that accept that the abuse occurred, reactions to the abuser may run gamut from “lock him up and throw away the key” to hate the sin but love the sinner. Child sexual abuse is violation of law, but child sexual abuse is also a violation of our mores because we view such behavior as immoral. Most definitions tend to ignore the social and cultural context of any given episode of sexual abuse. But without taking into account the context, it is very difficult for individuals, communities, or system to truly define, much less respond appropriately to, the sexual abuse of children. It is apparent that the media conceptualization of children and young people, and media reporting on both physical discipline of children and child abuse, is significant in reflecting and defining society’s perceptions of children and young people (Franklin and Horwath 1996), what is and what not acceptable behavior towards children is. The media must not merely focus on the issue of child abuse, but must also draw attention to the perceptions and the status of children and young people in society. Child sexual abuse affects people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Children of all ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, class, gender, sexuality and economic backgrounds are...