Childhood Sexual Abuse

About the sexual abuse of children

Child sexual abuse is a crime. Child sexual abuse is when an adult or someone bigger than the child uses his or her authority or power over the child, or takes advantage of the child's trust and respect, to involve the child in sexual activity.

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Community beliefs and misconceptions about child sexual abuse

A child or young person is sexually abused when any person uses his or her authority over the child/young person to involve the child/young person in sexual activity.

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Myths about child sexual abuse

The mother is just as much to blame - Most women have no knowledge that their child has been sexually assaulted by a person well known to the child and the family.

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Myths about incest

As with sexual assault in general, there are a number of pervasive beliefs about incest and child sexual assault. Many of these beliefs are myths.

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What happens when you contact a CASA?

CASAs work to ensure that women, children and men who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive, timely support and intervention to address their needs.

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