Sexual Abuse Indicators in Children

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that there are many different words that individuals use to describe themselves after experiencing sexual assault. In this article we use the term “victim” for the sake of consistency. We acknowledge that there are many different ways of processing sexual violence, and we believe each individual person should choose the language that they…

Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that there are many different words that individuals use to describe themselves after experiencing sexual assault. In this article we use the term ‘survivor’ for the sake of consistency. We acknowledge that there are many different ways of processing sexual violence, and believe each individual person should choose the language that they are…

Myths and Facts About Childhood Sexual Abuse

Childhood sexual abuse is a topic widely regarded as taboo. For this reason, there are many misconceptions concerning why children are sexually abused, who abuses children, and the effects that sexual abuse can have on children. Below are some common myths about childhood sexual abuse and facts to dispel these misconceptions. Myth: Childhood sexual abuse is…

Sexual Predators in Cyber Space

Introduction With the technological advances in our current society, the internet has become a prime place where sexual predators can lure children and teens into dangerous situations. Using chat rooms, email, and instant messaging can put a child at risk to encounter a sexual predator. The internet also allows for a shroud of secrecy, in…

Megan’s Law

In 1994, 7-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and murdered by her 33-year-old neighbor Jesse Timmendequas in Mercer County, New Jersey. The incident attracted national attention and resulted in the introduction of “Megan’s Law”, which was imposed federally in 1996 by the United States Department of Justice. The requirements of Megan’s Law varies from state to…

Overview of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The sexual abuse of children is a widespread problem across the world. Sexual abuse during childhood refers to any kind of sexual relations that occur between a child and an immediate family member, caregiver, any other adult, or another child or teen. These interactions can range from inappropriate touching of the genitals and other body parts to forced…