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Childhood sexual abuse is defined as “The exploitation of a child or adolescent in sexual activities with an adult, or anyone in a dominant position, in which the child is used as a sexual object for the gratification of that person’s needs or desires, and to which the child is unable to give consent due to the unequal power in the relationship”

Child sexual abuse is not restricted to physical contact; it could include non-contact abuse, such as exposure, voyeurism, and child pornography.

Rape: penetration of the mouth with the penis, the penetration of the anus or vagina (however slight) with any object or the penis.

Sexual assault ranges from inappropriate touching, to a life-threatening attack, rape or any other penetration of the mouth, vagina or anus.

In this section:

  • What is abuse?

    Abuse happens within all social classes, races and religions.   Sexual abuse can take many forms:- Sexual Touching Indecent exposure Fondling – oral or genital Intercourse Exposure to pornographic material Internet Both boys and girls are sexually abused. This may happen many times or just once, but leaves a lasting impression. Children naturally trust adults.…

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  • Effects of abuse

    In adult life the psychological effects of past abuse can manifest themselves in many ways which includes: Low self esteem Anxiety Eating disorders Suicidal thoughts Violent/Destructive acts Troubled relationships Depression Suppressed anger Alcohol/Substance abuse Child raising problems Self harm Workplace problems Many adults who have these problems do not necessarily…

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  • Adults abused

    There are many ways in which you can be affected by sexual abuse, rape or assault. Some of these can be short term, but there are many which can be much longer term. Everyone reacts differently to trauma, it is recognised that abuse, rape and sexual assault can have profound effect. You may have found that you are or were able to cope with what happened, you may have put it to…

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  • FAQs

    Axis Counselling does not endorse nor recommend any of the services identified here, neither is the list exhaustive. If you are having difficulty locating a service in your locality you could try your local Community Mental Health Team via your local Telephone Directory. Powys (North) – Try your GP or Community Mental Health Team. Brohafren Mental Health Centre, Newtown,…

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