Muhammad Ridhuan Bin Hanafi
PISMP Mathematics Cohort 5 IPG KBA
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Child sexual abuse is defined as any form of sexual activity with a child by an adult or by another child where there is no consent or by another child who has power over the child. It is called incest if it occurs between family members, including mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adoptive and step relations, legitimate or illegitimate children or relatives of whole or half blood. Child sexual abuse is one of the most serious and fastest growing crimes that face the world today including our beloved country, Malaysia. All children are exposed to sexual abuse. Sexual abuse occurs in every race, class, religion, culture, and country.
Sexual abuse can occur anywhere, at any time, including in front of other people who do not, or choose to not see. For examples, in television or radio, I have heard much news of children being abused while other people were in the next room, in a car with them, or sitting at a dinner table.
Most of the perpetrators of child sexual abuse may appear perfectly normal to those who know him such as fathers, stepfathers, relatives, grandparents, tuition teachers, and neighbours. Malaysian Police statistics for year 2006 shows that 89% of the child sexual abuse perpetrators are people known to the victims. In this 89% of the perpetrators, 53% of them are parents.
Sexual abuse can be divided into two types that are non-touching and touching sexual abuses. Non-touching behaviours occurs like showing a child pornographic pictures or films. Also, it happens when someone exposes his/her private body parts to a child. Next, it happens by verbal stimulation. For examples, a father encourages his daughter to watch or listen to people who are engaging in sexual acts. In addition, non-touching behaviour also occurs if someone asks a child to pose for a picture without clothes or in a sexual way that makes a child feel uncomfortable. Yet, it can occur by voyeurism (peeping). For instance, a stepfather made a hole in the bathroom wall and he watched his stepdaughter undress or bathe. It also happens when someone takes a child's picture while he or she is doing something sexual or using the bathroom.
Sexually abusive touching behaviours happen when someone touches the private parts of a child's body, over or under his/her clothes or makes the child touch their body. It also happens if an abuser put any part of his/her body on or in any part of a child's body. Another form of touching sexual abuse occurs by exploitation of children through prostitution and/or child pornography.
There are a lot of issues with people who face sexual abuse. There are different effects on different types of people. It leaves a deep impact in the minds of some people and some are just able to remember blurred thoughts about it. But what is common between all the people who have suffered sexual abuse is the realization about the problems they face later in their lives.
The children who had been abused will be confusion, powerlessness, helplessness, pain, sadness, grief, loss, feeling dirty, shame, vulnerable, unsafe, terrified, horrified, depressed, angry, sensitive, emotional, hurt, panic and feeling miserable.
Other effects are it can be very difficult for a survivor to trust anyone. It can be even harder when that person is close to them, and cares for them.
Besides that, the children who had been abused tend to get nightmares, insomnia, panic attacks, flashbacks, anxiety attacks, terror, inability to go outside, afraid being alone, afraid being with other people, numerous trigger-responses, headaches, and physical problems.
In a nutshell, we as a nation and as individuals, have the collective responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse. To accomplish this, we must strengthen child abuse prevention services that support children and families. We must act out legislation that protects children from child sexual abuse and we must promote research, training, and public education to address the risk factors that can lead to child sexual abuse.
Praise to The Almighty because finally I can finish this assignment completely. Specials thanks to our ELP teacher, Madam Maimon bt Abdullah because had given me this assignment. I had gain a lot of knowledge by doing this assignment.
After I got this assignment, I try to understand what the question is all about. At first time, I got confuse to chose a topic for my essays. Then, after long time thinking, I had decide to write an essay entitled ‘ Child Sexual Abuse”. For me, this topic is very interesting and every person should know about this matter. After that, I gained some notes on this topic in websites and try to understand about it. Then, I made simple notes and transfer it in graphic organizer.
From this task, I had gained new knowledge about important issues that faced in Malaysia and in the world that is child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is one of the most serious and fastest growing crimes that face the world today including our beloved country, Malaysia. All children are exposed to sexual abuse. Sexual abuse occurs in every race, class, religion, culture, and country. After did this essay, I realized that we play an important role to prevent child sexual abuse.
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