The Psychology of Trauma

Sexual Abuse

Is sexual abuse violent?

The vast majority of incidents of child molestation are not violent. Most child molesters use manipulation or seduction to gain access to their child victims. A sizeable number of child molesters use just enough force to accomplish their goal. Only a small percentage is truly violent. These extreme cases attract the most media attention, however, which unfortunately gives the public a distorted sense of the problem of child sexual abuse.


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