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Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault
Child sexual abuse is a sexual act of power, aggression and violence imposed on a child. The
crime of luring a child into sexual activities is sadly common because of the powerful and
dominant position of the adult or older adolescent perpetrator. This is in sharp contrast to the
child's age, dependency, lack of knowledge, and subordinate position. Authority, power,
corruption of affection, and (sometimes) force, enable the perpetrator to easily coerce the child
into sexual compliance.
The most common perpetrators of child sexual abuse are: fathers, step-fathers, uncles, siblings,
other family members and/or neighbors. These are people close to the children that they are
victimizing. Children are often taught to trust those in authority positions and the perpetrators
take advantage of this.
Common Effects of Abuse
The effects of child sexual abuse often last into adulthood. Sometimes the effects of the trauma
are so difficult for the adult victim/survivor that it interferes with their current relationships.
Some of the lasting effects of child sexual abuse are:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sexual dysfunction
Vulnerability to subsequent abuse and exploitation
Discomfort in intimate relationships
Marital problems
Drug or alcohol abuse
Eating disorder
Source: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2005)