From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Sexual abuse (also referred to as molestation) is defined by the forcing of undesired sexual acts by one person to another. The term incest is defined as sexual abuse between family members, and the euphemism "bad touch" is used to describe such abuse.
Different types of sexual abuse involve:
- Non-consensual, forced physical sexual behavior such as rape or sexual assault
- Psychological forms of abuse, such as verbal sexual behavior or stalking.
- The use of a position of trust for sexual purposes.
The most visible signs of sexual abuse are signs of injury to parts of the body that can be covered by a bathing suit. Pregnancy may also result.
Coercive and abusive sexuality
Sexual activity can also encompass sexual abuse - that is, coercive or abusive use of sexuality. Examples include: rape, lust murder, child sexual abuse, and zoosadism (animal abuse which may be sexual in nature), as well as (in many countries) certain non-consensual paraphilias such as frotteurism, telephone scatophilia (indecent phonecalls), and non-consensual exhibitionism and voyeurism (known as "indecent exposure" and "peeping tom" respectively).
- Auguste Ambroise Tardieu
- Birth control sabotage
- Child grooming
- Cinderella effect
- Circles of Support and Accountability
- Domestic abuse
- Institutional abuse
- Journal of Sexual Aggression
- Minor (law)
- Operation Protect Our Children
- Prevention Project Dunkelfeld
- Psychological manipulation
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
- Richard Sipe
- Sexual bullying
- Survivors Trust
- Virtuous pedophiles (online support group for preventing sexual abuse)