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Michael Stiefvater Sexual AbuseAt one time I thought about how child sexual abuse was growing concern in our society Stories and interviews on TV and in the paper would keep me aware but I always thought about how it was always happening to everyone else One figure that lingered around in my mind was that one in six children would be a victim of sexual abuse Having six children of my own I thought of these statistics Knocking on wood so to speak until it happened in our family Sexual abuse can destroy a family especially when the perpetrator is considered a member of the family It is frustrating when someone that is trusted betrays that trust Family members become angry divided and deny that anything is wrong The effects on the victim is the toughest thing to deal withThe Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act CAPTA defines child abuse and neglect as at a minimum any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death serious physical or emotional harm sexual abuse or exploitation or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm Some states have exceptions but the term child refers to someone not yet 18 Then CAPTA defines sexual abuse as the employment use persuasion inducement enticement or coercion of any child to engage in or assist any other person to engage in any sexual explicit conduct or simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct or the rape and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial relationships statutory rape molestation prostitution or any other form of sexual exploitation of children or incest with children
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