Child Sexual Abuse

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It can be very difficult to talk about sexual abuse and even more difficult to acknowledge that sexual abuse of children of all ages including infants happens in a household. Dr. Edward Hill discusses child sexual abuse in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Child sexual abuse is an especially complicated form of abuse because of its layers of guilt and shame. Its important to recognize that sexual abuse doesnt always involve body contact. Exposing a child to sexual situations or material is sexually abusive, whether or not touching is involved.

Aside from the physical damage that sexual abuse can cause, the emotional component is powerful and far-reaching. Sexually abused children are tormented by shame and guilt. They may feel that they are responsible for the abuse or somehow brought it upon themselves.

The shame of sexual abuse makes it very difficult for children to come forward. They may worry that others wont believe them, will be angry with them or that it will split their family apart. If a child confides in you, take him or her seriously. Dont turn a blind eye.

If you or someone you know is a victim of child sexual abuse, call 1-888-773-8368, 1-800-656-4673 or visit ChiWorld.org for a list of other international child help lines.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.