Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse can also include behaviors that do not involve touching or physical contact.  These behaviors can be just as upsetting and emotionally harmful to a child as some touching behaviors. Non-touching behaviors that are considered to be child sexual abuse include:

  • Showing pornography to a child.
  • Exposing a person's genitals to a child, or asking children to expose themselves.
  • Asking a child to interact sexually with someone else.
  • Online enticement of a minor for sexual purposes.
  • Photographing a child in sexual poses.
  • Exposing a child to sexual acts (including masturbation) either in person or through digital, computer or video images.
  • Watching a child undress or use the bathroom, often without the child's knowledge (known as voyeurism or being a "Peeping Tom").

Please note that although there may not be harmful intent, even having adult pornography or sexual toys in the home where a child could come across them has been viewed by authorities as sexual abuse in some circumstances. 

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