Child sexual abuse and child pornography are two of the most pressing evils that stir the moral conscience and fabric of society. The print and television media have woken us up to horrifying reports of child sexual abuse within the confines of homes, schools, hostels, orphanages and many other environments where children and teenagers are defenseless and easily fall victim to predators who take advantage of their weakness and innocence.
Many research studies have been carried out to establish the relationship or connectivity between online child pornography and child sexual abuse. But as such, it is still unclear if any connections can be established. A Mayo Clinic study shows that nearly 70% of people who viewed online child pornography and 75% who were involved in child pornography have molested a child or indulged in child sexual abuse but “it is difficult to know how many people progress from computerized child pornography to physical acts against children and how many would have progressed to physical acts without the computer being involved”.
The Role of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in counselling adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) has been shown to facilitate clients in dealing with elements of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that commonly follow the survivors into adult relationships.
As a survivor of child sexual abuse I have made it my mission to help other people in the same situation because sexual abuse can have devastating effects on the child their family and friends, this must stop. We have the power to do just that, you might not believe that but we really do because when you are reading this hub you will find you may be a survivor or know someone who’ve been through this or after reading this have more knowledge to suspect a person you know of being sexually abused .
That said, there is no question that there exist definitions of “child-on-child sexual abuse” that differentiate it from “sexual rehearsal play”, and that it is recognized as a form of abuse, not “play”, and that it can and does cause harm to some children sometimes in childhood and sometimes in adulthood.
Penalties for child sexual abuse vary with the specific offenses for which the perpetrator has been convicted. Criminal penalties may include imprisonment, fines, registration as a sex offender, and restrictions on probation and parole. Civil penalties may include liability for damages, injunctions, involuntary commitment, and, for perpetrators related to their victims, loss of custody or parental rights.
Sexual abuse has affected millions of children throughout the world. Child sexual abuse is defined as: An adult using a child for sexual purposes. This can be in the form of child pornography, submitting children to look at pornography, fondling, touching, kissing, sodomy, exposing oneself to a child, rape, oral sex, intercourse, or having the child touch the adult. All children will react differently to this type of trauma. There is no one single identifiable sign or symptom that all children will have. They may have very subtle symptoms or they may have very pronounced symptoms. I have gathered a list of symptoms that children of sexual abuse are often seen to have.
The Symptoms of a Sociopath
Irresponsibility/UnreliabilityNot concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/InfidelityPromiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.
Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic LifestyleTends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
Criminal or Entrepreneurial VersatilityChanges their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.
You know you’re in the presence of a sociopath when you experience some of the following behavior: constant lying or stealing, does not care if he or she hurts another, inability to hold down a job, unable to maintain long-term goals, has poor behavior controls, difficulties with the law, and aggressive and sometimes violent behavior. Watch for the symptoms of a sociopath. From the National Comorbidity Survey, which uses DSM-III-R criteria, it has been found that 5.8 percent of males and 1.2 percent of females showed evidence of obtaining this disorder. When dealing with the sociopath, keep the relationship brief, professional and direct. Do not feed into their need for praise, attention or glory. This is what they live on. Avoid arguments but when you need to confront them in any way, keep it brief, direct and unemotional. Keep in mind that sometimes a sociopath, if they think it will benefit them, will cry, plead for forgiveness and look sorrowful. Don’t believe this for a moment! Remember, most sociopaths do not have a conscience and acting remorseful is an act. They can quickly turn on and off their emotions at the drop of a hat!If the sociopath you’re dealing with is a sibling or parent, be on your guard; however, there may come unique times when the door might open for decent, upfront dialogue that could lead to solid resolution and an ‘enlightening’ moment when he or she may see that their behavior is rude, negative and abusive. Be careful of the symptoms of a sociopath. This ‘enlightening’ moment may bring about a better relationship or it may just be another subversive tactic. Let your ‘conscience’ be your guide. It you feel that they are just ‘playing’ with your mind, then ignore it and move on but if their behavior improves a bit, be happy with the improvement but continue on with your life, knowing that such improvements are fleeting.