80% or more of child sexual incidents happen in isolated one -on- one situations (Finkelhor, D., 2012) . People who sexually abuse children are often known to the child and the child’s families. They will participate in family activities, gain the families trust and then gain alone time with the child. This behavior is called grooming.
Boundary violations include: Touching of private parts, touch that is uncomfortable or excessive, excessive tickling when a child says “no or stop”, speaking in a sexual way or showing sexual media, asking that a “secret ” be kept, having interactions that are overly private, asking youth or children to be in a isolated situation, gifts or privileges that are kept “private or secret”. Children should never be asked by an adult to “keep secrets” or “private information.”
Sexual abuse in childhood is often one factor within an array of traumatic, negative
developmental experiences that can increase vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation.
One in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.