Child Sexual Abuse
Updated: Apr 20, 2020
When Sexual Violence involves a victim less than 18 years old, it is child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse (CSA) refers to the involvement of child in sexual activity that he/she:
does not fully comprehend
does not consent to or is unable to give informed consent to, or
is not developmentally prepared for and cannot give consent to
Experiencing child sexual abuse is an adverse childhood experience (ACE) that can affect how a person thinks, acts, and feels over a lifetime, resulting in short- and long-term physical and mental/emotional health consequences.