Who sexually abuses children?

The misconceptions about who sexually abuses children are as many as they are varied. For one, sexual abuse is not a sexual act. Rather, it is an act of power. Yes, the means by which it is carried out is sexual but the act itself is about power. Secondly, it’s not always men who sexually abuse children. Women sexually abuse children. Children sexually abuse other children; children who are classmates, children who they know through association and children who are their siblings. 9 out of 10 children know who sexually abuses them – they are not strangers. Sometimes children are groomed, sometimes not. Teaching children about stranger danger and “if a stranger touches you and you don’t like it you must tell” doesn’t work. As parents and educators you can control how you teach your child to empower themselves. Educating our children about sexual abuse is paramount.

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