It is very hard to predict how the person who has abused will respond. Once the adult or youth who has been harmful is aware that this behavior has been exposed, they may experience a number of different reactions. These reactions can range from fear and remorse to outright denial. It usually important to consider the response of this individual as he/she is likely to be someone whom the victimized child (and his/her parents) knows and trusts.

How someone who has sexually abused a child might respond to a disclosure

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