Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor and does not need to include physical contact between a perpetrator and a child. In 2017, Ohio CACs provided services to 8862 children with over 71% referred for allegations of sexual abuse.
Research shows that 26% of girls and 5% of boys will have been sexually abused by the age of 18.
Some forms of child sexual abuse include:
- Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
- Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
- Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
- Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
- Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
- Sex trafficking
- Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare