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Sexual Abuse



Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.
Sexual activities may involve physical contact such as sexual intercourse, buggery or non-penetrative acts.
Sexual activities may also include non-contact activities like involving children in looking at pornography, creating pornography, watching sexual activities or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

Recognising sexual abuse

Signs of sexual abused include:
i. sexually explicit talk or play, especially in prepubescent children
ii. sexual behaviour, such as pretending to have sex during play
iii. sexually provocative relationships with adults
iv. itching, redness, soreness or unexplained bleeding from a child's vagina or anus
v. bruising, cuts or marks to the genital area
vi. repeated genital infections

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