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Sexual abuse has been defined as sexual exploitation or sexual activities of children It is not simply a clinical problem or a legal problem but a social problem which affects thousands of Canadian children every year In fact one in four girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 looksmartcom One form of sexual abuse includes incest which is any sexual activity between blood relatives yahoocom This can range from a childs parents siblings grandparents aunts uncles cousins and step-relatives Miller Kelly page 1 Perpetrators come in many different types and personalities and are most often someone the child knows and trusts Usually the perpetrator has easy access to the child because heshe has sole responsibility for the child or takes care of or visits the child and is trusted by the childs parents McGuire Grant page 5 Only 28 of child molesters are actually strangers msncom Many sexual offenders seek an ongoing relationship with a child The use of physical force is rarely necessary to engage a child into sexual activity because children are trusting and dependent They want to please others and gain love and approval Children are taught not to question authority and they believe that adults are always right Perpetrators of child abuse know this which is why its so easy for them to take advantage of them McGuire Grant Page 5 yahoocom Incest between an adult and a related child or adolescent is now recognized as the most prevalent form of child sexual abuse and has the greatest potential for damage to the child Some examples of physical indicators of sexual abuse are difficulty walking or sitting stained or bloody underwear bleeding bruising and itching around the genitals msncom Theyre many different personalities that are associated with incestuous behaviours The first personality is the Dependent Parent The dependent father usually feels sorry for him-self and cannot do
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