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The term “sexual abuse” is an all-encompassing term. Although the specific definition varies by state, it generally refers to crimes involving sexual behavior by one person towards another without their consent. This includes inappropriate touching, sexual assault, and rape. It can also include sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, voyeurism, or being photographed or video-recorded without consent.
Sexual abuse and sexual assault can take many forms and abusers can be anyone. In many cases, the survivor knows the perpetrator and the abuse takes place in a trusted location. No matter who, where, or how, sexual abuse is never the survivor’s fault.
In some cases, the abuse may be more subtle. Sometimes the abuser grooms their victim into thinking the abuse is not truly abuse. Types of sexual abuse include:
Common places sexual abuse occurs and common perpetrators include:
This list is not comprehensive. Any type of sexual behavior sexual behavior by one person towards another without their consent constitutes sexual abuse. Anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse. All victims deserve justice.
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