What is child molestation? Signs, examples and resources
What is child molestation? People have a difficult time talking about child molestation. Other common terms include child sexual abuse and child sexual assault. There are various legal definitions and connotations behind each term. Ultimately, they all refer to any sexual activity between an adult and child or adolescent, which is abusive and illegal. Child molestation or child sexual abuse is an exploitation of power, and usually of trust. This is especially true when you consider that 90% of child molestation or child sexual abuse is committed by someone the child knows and trusts.
Children engaged in problematic sexual behaviors also sometimes sexually abuse other children. This abuse often involves a child of unequal power or development to them. In fact, recent research shows that over 70% of children or youth who report they were sexually abused, either in person or online, were abused by a peer or older child.