Back to Healthy body. Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused. A child who is being sexually abused may care for their abuser and worry about getting them into trouble. You can talk directly to the police or your local children's social services and this can be anonymous. You can also get advice or report your concerns anonymously to the NSPCC by phoning its free helpline on If you are a health professional and suspect a child you're caring for is experiencing abuse or is at risk of abuse, you can seek advice from the "named nurse" or "named doctor" in your hospital or care setting.
Signs of Sexual Abuse
Peer-on-Peer Child Sexual Abuse: A Proposed Updated Definition of ‘Peer’ | New York Law Journal
They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse including via the internet. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, pornographic material or in watching sexual activities, using sexual language towards a child or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways. One example, which would fall into this category, is a sexual relationship between a 16 year old girl and her 18 year old boyfriend. The decision to initiate child protection action in such cases is a matter for professional judgment and each case should be considered individually.
Add sexual abuse to one of your lists below, or create a new one. Definitions Clear explanations of natural written and spoken English. Click on the arrows to change the translation direction. Follow us.
First degree sexual assault is the most severe type of offense, while fourth degree is the least. First degree sexual assault sometimes referred to as aggravated sexual assault is the most severe degree of the crime. Punishments for first degree sexual assault, while ultimately up to the judge, can result in a life sentence to prison. Convictions for second degree sexual assault typically do not result in life imprisonment, but sentences of up to fifteen years are common.