Sexual abuse is the forcing of unwanted sexual behavior from one individual onto another.
It is often referred to as molestation and while it can be very serious it does not carry the same severity as sexual assault.
This is because molestation can be much more subtle and less physically violent.
Teacher being accused of molestation carries serious connotations.
Especially with the recent ones with the Catholic Church.
As a Teacher , it is good to know the incidents falling under the sexual abuse.
By knowing the legal regulations ,you are able to avoid confrontation and protect your best interests.
Forms of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can happen in a number of situations and instances. Some of the most common forms of molestation include:
- Exposing a child to pornography, graphic materials, or graphic experiences
- Forceful and unwanted sexual behavior, including unwanted sexual speech or attention
- Undesired kissing, fondling or voyeurism
- Speaking with a child in a sexually suggestive manner or saying sexually suggestive statements to a child
- Unwanted genital exposure
- Using a position of power to compel sexual behavior that would otherwise be unwanted
- Using manipulation and coercion to perform incest.
These instances are some of the most common forms of molestation.
While not as physically forceful as sexual assault, they can often cause the same levels of discomfort, pain, and emotional distress that those who have been sexually assaulted experience.
This type of crime has been around for many decades now.
How the Internet Has Increased Predators
One of the major tools is the internet.
Most pedophiles and predators find their victims online and every single child who has access to the web becomes a vulnerable target.
Who is at Risk for Sexual Abuse?
While anyone can be the victim of molestation, there are some parties that are more likely to be hurt by unwanted sexual advances than others.
Instances of molestation are more likely to happen in the following:
- In a working or professional relationship where one party will use their power to compel an individual to get involved sexually where they otherwise would not have.
- In a relationship where one individual will use their authority and the trust of a minor to engage in sexual activity with that underage individual.
- With individuals who suffer from a developmental disability which some people would take advantage of.
These are just some of the more common relationships and instances where sexual abuse can occur.
Because of this continuous increase in the number of cases, accusations, and convictions, sexual abuse prevention programs have been initiated by concerned persons and groups.
These programs are created in order to raise and provide awareness and information to children and parents who want to be safe and away from sex offenders.
Unlike post-abuse treatment and therapies, prevention programs are way better in helping children have a better future ahead – safe from potential abuse.
As we all know, it is best to protect our kids and prevent abuse before it happens rather than wait for it to take place before helping the victim survive and overcome the trauma.
Teacher are role models and they should not abuse their children.
We know this is a fundamental truth that everyone should follow.