Jun 19

Be Human Stop Child Abuse : Vol 20, 19th June, 2013

  Facts about sexual abuse

Situation: A 20-year-old male sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl

Dr. Bad: This is a sexual play.

Dr. Good: This is sexual abuse.

Lesson: Sexual abuse occurs when there is asymmetry in age or development among the participants, with a coercive quality to the event.

Situation: A 14-year-old boy was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Dr. Bad: This is sexual abuse.

Dr. Good: This can be sexual play.
Lesson: “Sexual play” occurs in the absence of coercion and involves children of the same age (separated by no more than four years or developmental level who engage in viewing or touching each other’s genitalia because of mutual interest or curiosity).

Situation: A male child was brought with an allegation of having a sexual play with her classmate.

Dr. Bad: This is abnormal behavior.

Dr. Good: This may be a normal behavior.
Lesson: Sexual play is considered normal behavior and does not have the psychological, developmental, or physical consequences of sexual abuse.

Situation: A child was walking sexy in the class

Dr. Bad: This is an abnormal behavior.

Dr. Good: This may be normal behavior.
Lesson: In addition to sexual play, many preschool-aged children mimic behaviors of older family members, such as flirting, batting eyelids, and “walking sexy.” This behavior also is considered part of normal development.

Situation: A child was sexually abused

Dr. Bad: It is rare in the society.

Dr. Good: It is common in society.
Lesson: The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that >60,000 children are sexually abused annually.

Situation: The principal reported the first case of child abuse in a school.

Dr. Bad: Child abuse is rare.

Dr. Good: This is under reporting.
Lesson: Each year approximately 1 percent of children experience some form of sexual abuse.

Situation: A school reported that only 2% of their girls were ever sexually abused.

Dr. Bad: This is the usual percentage of cases reported.

Dr. Good: This is under reporting.
Lesson: Worldwide, an estimated 25% of girls and 9% of boys are exposed to any form of sexual abuse during childhood.

Situation: A preadolescent girl was sexually abused.

Dr. Bad: It is uncommon

Dr. Good: It is common.
Lesson: Sexual abuse of children occurs primarily in the preadolescent years.

Situation: A boy complaint of sexual abuse.

Dr. Bad: Boys are never sexually abused.

Dr. Good: They are but they report less.
Lesson: Girls are more likely than boys to be sexually abused; however, boys are less likely to report sexual abuse.

Situation: A child was sexually abused by an acquaintance of adolescent age.

Dr. Bad: It cannot happen.

Dr. Good: This is usual.
Lesson: Perpetrators of sexual abuse are usually male, and often trusted adult acquaintances.

Situation: A father was alleged to have sexually abused his prepubertal child.

Dr. Bad: A Father can never abuse his child.

Dr. Good: In 21% of the cases father is responsible.
Lesson: Statistics from reported cases in the United States indicate that “father” and “other relatives” were responsible for 21% and 19% of sexual abuse victims, respectively; mothers acting alone or with another person accounted for 4% and 8% of perpetrators, respectively.

Situation: A caretaker was alleged to have sexually abused a child.

Dr. Bad: Caretaker will never do it.

Dr. Good: Yes, this is normal.

Lesson: Perpetrators report that they gained access to children through caretaking (e.g., babysitting), that they targeted children using bribes, gifts, and games, and systematically desensitized children through touch, talk about sex, and persuasion.





Dr Vinay Aggarwal, President, Elect CMAAO

Dr K Vijayakumar (National President) IMA

Dr N Saini (Secretary General) IMA

Dr M Pillai (Chairman Organising Committee)

Dr D R Rai (Organising Secretary)

Dr S Arulrhaj (Chairman Scientific Committee)

Dr KK Aggarwal (Co-Chairman & Editor)

  1. Dear Sir, Nice updates. Regards:Dr Shantanu

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