Spotting signs of child sexual abuse

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One in 20 children in the UK will experience child sexual abuse. Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused.

What is child sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse is illegal in the UK and covers a range of sexual activities, including:

  • possessing images of child pornography
  • forcing a child to strip or masturbate
  • engaging in any kind of sexual activity in front of a child, including watching pornography
  • taking, downloading, viewing or distributing sexual images of children
  • encouraging a child to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam
  • not taking measures to protect a child from witnessing sexual activity or images
  • inappropriate sexual touching of a child, whether clothed or unclothed penetrative sex.

Both boys and girls can be victims of sexual abuse, but girls are six times more likely to be abused.

What are the signs that a child

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