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There are many teenage relationship dangers. One of the most common dangers is that of sexual assault. Many use the terms "sexual assault" and "rape" in an interchangeable manner. However, these are two distinct sex crimes. Rape is a word that is used to describe sexual intercourse that is forced. Sexual assault is a term that is used to describe any type of sexual activity that is considered to be non-consensual. This means that there is not an agreement between the person committing sexual…Continue
What is Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse happens anytime a child is asked, tricked, or forced by someone who is bigger, stronger, or older, or by someone who has some power over him/her. The abuser will want the child to do "secret" non-touching or "secret" touching activities that involve the child's private parts, the abuser's private parts, or the private parts of someone else.
The child will often feel the urge to tell, but he or she knows it's a secret - not a fun secret that makes…Continue
What are some common things one would see in people who've survived sexual abuse? While there is no definite or uniform profile of a victim of child sexual abuse, there are many indicators that a person is a survivor. Finding out if an adult or grown up is a victim of sexual abuse during his/her childhood is very difficult since most indicators may already have been overcome. But by looking at an adolescent or teenage respondent, the signs of abuse are very fresh and obvious:…Continue
Why haven't we, as a society, been aware of this problem? Most probably because women have been idealized as mothers and nurturers they haven't been viewed as sexual aggressors. And because they are caretakers and are expected to be emotional, warm and physical with children, no one notices or suspects them. Sexual abuse by women is rarely reported because their victims usually are their own children - who are dependent on them. Furthermore, these children either do not understand what is…Continue