Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse: The employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct or any simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct; or rape, and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial relationships, statutory rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children.

Preschool (0-5 years)

Common Uncommon
Sexual language relating to differences in body parts, bathroom talk, pregnancy, and birth Discussion of sexual acts
Self-fondling at home and in public Sexual contact experiences with other children
Showing and looking at private body parts Masturbation unresponsive to redirection or limits
Inserting objects in genital openings

School Age (6 to 12 years)

Common Uncommon
Questions about menstruation, pregnancy, sexual behavior Discussion of explicit sexual acts
“Experimenting” with same-age children, including kissing, fondling, exhibitionism, and role-playing Asking adults or peers to participate in explicit sexual acts
Masturbation at home or other private places Masturbating in public or excessively to bleeding
Inserting objects in genital openings

Adolescence (13 to 16 years)

Common Uncommon
Questions about decision-making, social relationships, and sexual customs Sexual interest in much younger children
Masturbation in private Aggression in touching others’ genitals
Experimenting between adolescents of the same age, including open-mouth kissing, fondling, and body rubbing Asking adults to participate in explicit sexual acts
Voyeuristic behaviors The use of force, aggression, or drugs to obtain compliance
Sexual intercourse (more than half of 11th graders )
Oral sex (approximately one-third of 15-17 year olds) 5, 4

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