Child Sexual Abuse

Talk about a discouraging topic. Nobody knows how often it occurs. The descriptor phrase gives the first hint at why. Not only is one left with the question of who is doing what to whom, but, if we assume a young person is vulnerable, the perp is left out. Of course, that is also the case when the word “incest” is used. Ignore the perp and pretend the behavior does not exist is still the preferred societal response.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international treaty that legally obliges states to protect children’s rights. Articles 34 and 35 of the CRC require states to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. This includes outlawing the coercion of a child to perform sexual activity, the prostitution of children, and the exploitation of children in creating pornography. States are also required to prevent the abduction, sale, or trafficking of children.[241] As of November 2008, 193 countries are bound by the CRC,[242] including every member of the United Nations except the United States and South Sudan.[243][244]