Sexual abuse of children involves any sexual activity with a child under 16 years of age. This can involve a range of behaviour including:
- Oral sex
- Touching a child, or inviting a child to touch in a sexual manner
- Involving children or young people in looking at or making pornography
- Prostituting children or young people
- Forcing children or young people to behave inappropriately with each other (this list is not exhaustive)
Sexual abuse can start when children are babies and can continue on into adulthood. It is most often carried out by a person who is well known to the child, often within the family or in another position of trust.
Sexual abuse of children is not about uncontrollable desire – it is a desire to exert power and control over a young person for sexual gratification.
Our support workers work with people to understand a range of issues that result from Child Abuse and we are currently working in partnership with SOSAA to provide group support. for more details contact the centre.