Montana Code 45-5-625. Sexual abuse of children defines child sexual abuse Child sexual abuse happens when an adult or another child use a child to become sexually stimulated or gratified. There is more than one type of child sexual abuse:
It is important to know what to do if a child tells you they have been sexually abused. Here are some simple guidelines:
Remember that child sexual abuse is never the child’s fault. People who sexually abuse children may have told the child that no one will believe if they tell or may have told the child that they are to blame for the abuse.
Not necessarily. There are some signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, but some children do not show the signs or have any symptoms of being abused. One thing to look for is any sudden change in a child’s behaviors. Some children may:
But it is important to know that these signs and symptoms are the same for many childhood traumas or challenges – not only for sexual abuse.
Every parent and caregiver is different and will probably have more than one feeling when they learn their child has been sexually abused. No matter how a parent or caregiver feels, the child may believe that he or she is responsible for the feelings. It is important to reassure the child that the feelings are not their fault. A parent or caregiver may feel: