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What is childhood sexual abuse?

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Types of childhood sexual abuse

Types of abuse include:
1. Exposing a child to sexual activity or sexual content either in person or online
2. Incest
3. Producing, owning, or distributing child pornography
4. Rape
5. Sex trafficking or prostitution of a child
6. Sexual assault (including intercourse, fondling, masturbation of oneself, or forcing a minor to masturbate)
7. Sexual harassment (such as calling or messaging a minor with obscene content)

Signs of childhood sexual abuse

1.

Abnormal sexual knowledge

2.

Avoidance of physical contact

3.

Attempts to run away

4.

Bleeding or bruising of genitals

5.

Blood on underwear

6.

Changes in hygiene

7.

Frequent yeast infections

8.

Pain or burning in the genital area

9.

Self-harm

10.

Signs of depression

11.

Signs of PTSD

12.

Sudden phobias or fears

13.

Sudden trouble at school

14.

Suicidal ideation

15.

Trouble walking or sitting

Coping with childhood sexual abuse

1.

Engage in self-care

2.

Don't pressure yourself

3.

Journal

4.

Reach out

A final word

With the right tools and support, recovery from childhood trauma is possible. Sexual abuse at any age is a very confusing and isolating experience. Survivors of abuse are not responsible for the actions of their abusers.
Everyone deserves to live a life of freedom and recovery after a painful past. As an adult, coming to terms with our personal histories can prompt the pursuit of treatment and help us discover a brighter future for ourselves.

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