What is Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse is a violation of trust and power that can affect girls and boys of all ages. Abuse can be in many forms, including sexual acts such as rape and other types of penetration, inappropriate touching, voyeurism, exhibitionism, pornography, child sexual exploitation, and internet-based child sexual abuse. (possible expand function to continue with below copy to keep page succinct?)

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

Many children who are victimized don’t talk about the abuse. They feel confused when a person they know and trust violates them. Also, many men or women who sexually abuse children will manipulate or threaten the child in an attempt to keep their victim silent. Children want the abuse to stop, but fear what might happen if they tell.

Know the Signs

How can I help?


Through education, identify offender behaviors and be confident enough to report suspicions to authorities.


Talk about it. Parents, guardians, and caregivers can foster open communication with children, establish personal boundaries, help children identify adults they can trust, monitor children’s online usage, and be role models by promoting healthy relationships.

The Child & Family Counseling Center at PAAR is available to provide help to survivors. Call 1-866-END-RAPE (1-866-363-7273). Link to Child & Family Counseling tab within site as well as “Get Help”