What is SEXUAL ABUSE? It is exposing a child into unfamiliar or unacceptable behaviors that he/she is incapable of understanding or absorbing and force their approval on it.
How can sexual abuse be identified? Is it really a serious issue that we all in my opinion should have the knowledge about?
I shall propose some actions that one considered to be sexual abuse or harassment:
- Palpating a child in a sexual way.
- Make a child palpates an adult in a sexual way.
- Undress a child or to be undressed in front of him/her.
- Make a child or allow him to watch sexual pictures/images or videos.
- Sexual talks.
- Bathing together.
- Providing a child with sexual information that is not suitable to his/her development stage.
- Raping a child.
How can parents/ care givers/ relatives/ teachers see, observe, identify signs of sexual abuse?
There are physical signs that can be identified, if we see a child with dirty underwear or he’s any sexual secretions or blood, continuous infections in the throat or in their urinary tract, continues complaints of physical pains, pain or irritability in genital areas, sexual transmitted disease occurring, bleeding and of course pregnancy.
If those physical s are not noticed, there are behavioral signs can lead to identify that a child might be facing such situations.
In my opinion, adults should not ignore or misinterpret behavioral signs like this, if your d is telling you that he/she has been sexually abused, if your child had a regression behavior, or showed inappropriate lusting or seducing behaviors, difficulty in sleeping, and nightmares, unexpected attention to sexual issues, avoiding changing of clothes or exaggeration or declining in school.
Hakim, Yoad Ghanadry. Our Children and How We Protect Them? Palestine: Qader for Community Development, 2013. Print.