Published by National Center for PTSD
U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs
Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that take place between a child and an older child or adult. These sexual behaviors are intended to erotically arouse the older person, generally without consideration for the reactions or choices of the child and without consideration for the effects of the behavior upon the child.
Behaviors that are sexually abusive often involve bodily contact, such as sexual kissing, touching, fondling of genitals, and oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse. However, behaviors may be sexually abusive even if they do not involve contact, such as in the case of genital exposure (‘flashing’), forcing children to watch pornography, verbal pressure for sex, and sexual exploitation for purposes of prostitution or pornography.
Researchers estimate that, in our country, about 1 out of 6 boys and 1 out of 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.” (emphasis by R.P. Fitton)