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  • Non Physical Contact Behaviors

    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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