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Sexual violence and sexual harassment

In recent times, sexual harassment and harassment have become more common in the news across the country. The #MeToo movement has made more people talk about sexual abuse and abuse than ever before. Identifying the difference between sexual abuse and sexual abuse is important to continue this important conversation.

As a victim of sexual or sexual abuse, it is important to understand the differences so that you can seek justice. As a family member or friend of someone who has been abused or attacked, it’s also important to understand these differences so that you can help your loved one find the support and help they need.

The main difference between sexual harassment and sexual harassment is that sexual violence occurs on adults and sexual harassment occurs on minors or children.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse generally describes behavior committed against a minor child. In many states, children cannot consent to any kind of sexual contact. If a person over the age of majority forces a minor to have sexual interactions, especially if this crime persists for a period of time, this behavior constitutes sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse may include the following:

  • Exposing oneself to a minor

  • An adult who deliberately exposes himself to a minor, especially in a provocative manner, commits sexual abuse against a minor. This includes a person who masturbates or touches himself sexually in the presence of a minor. Both men and women can commit sexual assault by exposing themselves to minors. However, allowing a minor to accidentally see the genitals of an adult does not mean sexual abuse.

  • Sexual contact, including caressing and sexual intercourse

  • Any type of sexual contact with minors, from caressing to direct intercourse, is sexual harassment. Whenever an adult sexually touches a child, the adult abuses the child.

  • Obscene messages

Digital technology has increased criminals’ ability to contact their victims and the tools at their disposal. Obscene messages on social media, via text, video messages or email, constitute sexual abuse. Often these kinds of messages can begin as soon as the adult male sends the boy a photo of his genitals. These messages can cause severe psychological trauma in minors.

Sex Trafficking

Human trafficking can lead to excessive sexual abuse. 50% of victims of trafficking are children, and most are forced into prostitution. Many children suffer long-term psychological damage from some time in the sex trade.


Child pornography not only haunts the child during the recording, but again and again when new people watch the material. The FBI is trying to identify and punish the creators of child pornography.

Identifying the sexual abuse of children

Many sex addicts start caring for children in early childhood so that the perpetrators can later turn their children into victims. It often requires signs of sexual abuse as the adult gradually introduces the child to an increasing number of sexual behavior patterns.

Sexual abuse of children red flags

Abandonment of friends and regular activities Many victims begin to give up activities that they enjoy. They may feel ashamed associated with violence. This can cause them to avoid normal interactions with their friends and loved ones.

  • Inappropriate Child Sexual Behavior Some children naturally self-harm, regardless of age or gender. On the other hand, if a child behaves inappropriately or starts engaging in behavior with other children it may indicate sexual abuse.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or signs of genital trauma. These signs of physical abuse should be serious warning signs of child sexual abuse and require immediate evaluation and treatment.

  • Unexpected knowledge of inappropriate sexual behavior given the child’s age: Children may naturally gather some information about sexual behaviors at school, but if they begin to show unexpected sexual knowledge, especially if they show reluctance to tell an adult where they learned, it may indicate sexual violence

  • Reluctance to spend time with a certain person – Reluctance to spend time only with that person. If a child begins to show a sudden reluctance to spend time with a friend or relative, even if that person does not show signs of inappropriate behavior, parents should listen to the child’s reluctance and investigate further.

  • Behavioral regression: The child may begin to wet the bed or return to it earlier, soothing behaviors such as finger sucking or tugging hair.

  • Hesitation to undress – Children may try to avoid what they see as a protective layer of clothing, even when bathing or swimming. They may be reluctant to change at all or wear the same clothes for several days, even if they are asked to change.

All suspicions of child sexual abuse should be investigated by a licensed therapist who is experienced in treating children of sexual abuse. Even the most well-meaning parents can deceive a child with their questions, even let the child suggest a behavior that did not happen or the child accidentally imposes a sense of guilt. Working with a therapist will make it easier to determine the incidence of abuse and prevent further trauma to the child.

Identifying Potential Abusers

Identifying potential signs of abusive behavior can make it easier for parents to protect their children. Avoiding anyone who shows signs of abusive behavior, including warning signs to other children, will help prevent future abuse. Observing this behavior and reporting it when necessary will also help protect children who may be at risk.

Signs include:

  • An adult who wants to spend a lot of time with children, in addition to their role in that child’s life. An adult who naturally plays a part in a child’s life, including a coach, teacher or parent, may naturally spend time with the child. However, the adult’s exit from the role can prepare the child for abuse. It could be a coach who wants to spend a lot of time with a particular child, or a teacher who suddenly wants to interact more with a child outside of school.

  • Adult does not respect a child’s privacy or labels. This could, for example, include adults who don’t care if a child wants to be hugged or kissed, even though a child may have stated several times in the past that they dislike such behavior.

  • An adult who spends more time with children and adolescents than with his adult friends. Some adults naturally enjoy the presence of children and young people; However, if these adults regularly surround themselves with children and adolescents and apparently do not have appropriate interactions with other adults, it could be a red flag.

  • Adults who regularly discuss sexual behavior or emotions with children and adolescents An adult may also post inappropriate content for teens, including videos and other sex material.

  • Often has “special friends” in a certain age group or appearance, which can change from year to year. The adult may approach specific children as deemed appropriate or necessary, including taking that child on special trips or spending a lot of time alone with that child.

Sexual harassment and harmful institutions

There have been several cases of sexual harassment in recent times that have made headlines in the media. These cases show that sexual abuse does not happen in a vacuum. There are often abusers and institutions. That is where these dangerous child sex offenders live. Institutions, managers and employees who turn a blind eye to red flags can – and should – be held accountable for their actions. Some of the most recent cases of sexual violence in the media have included cases against the Catholic Church, US gymnastics, US swimming, and American Boy Scouts.

These agencies are responsible for the protection of young children. This includes implementing protocols that reduce the time adults spend alone with children, thorough employee checks, and training employees on child sexual abuse. It should also include strict protocols to follow when sexual violence is reported or suspected.

Sexual violence

As mentioned earlier, in cases of sexual and sexual violence, sexual violence usually involves an adult victim. Sexual abuse often occurs as a one-time event and includes any sexual contact not invited or desired by the victim. For the most part, when defining sexual violence, people think of rape; However, rape is not the only type of sexual violence.

Sexual harassment may include

Forced sex

Forced sex may include rape Rather, it may involve forcing the victim to unwanted contact with the anus or genitals. Forced sex may involve forcing the victim to perform a sexual act on the offender. Many victims of forced sexual touch feel that they lack the ability or authority to say no because of the abuser’s perceived power over them, even when the abuser does not physically compel the victim to make contact. Is.

Fondling or unwanted touching

Grasping, fondling or unwanted touching occurs when the abuser deliberately grabs or touches the victim, usually around the breasts or genitals, without their consent. This type of contact can occur in any type of environment. In fact, many victims may experience unwanted caress at work or in an educational setting. Some victims go through this type of abuse over and over because of their reluctance to say negative behavior or fear that instead of being abusive, they will be punished for the act.


Rape and sexual harassment are often used interchangeably but this is not always right. Direct penetration, including penetration through the mouth, genitals, and anus is considered rape. Rape includes penetration of any degree, including minor penetration, done in an intentional act without the victim’s consent. In 2012, the FBI updated its version of rape to include any penetration without consent, no matter how minor. Furthermore, the law is gender neutral and anyone can be a victim of rape.

Rape occurs when a rapist forces himself to break into a victim on a date. Rape by agreement occurs when the victim does not feel safe to say no or when the victim can not give his consent due to intoxication or intoxication. Any type of abuse, including sexual contact with a non-consensual victim, still constitutes sexual assault.