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Ending Violence and Abuse
Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure (of the genitals, female nipples, etc.) to a child with intent to gratify their own sexual desires or to intimidate or groom the child, physical sexual contact with a child, or using a child to produce child pornography . [ 1 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The effects of child sexual abuse can include depression , [ 5 ] post-traumatic stress disorder , [ 6 ] anxiety , [ 7 ] propensity to further victimization in adulthood, [ 8 ] and physical injury to the child, among other problems. [ 9 ] Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest , and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma , especially in the case of parental incest. [ 10 ]
By Richard B. Gartner, Ph.D. Talking about boyhood sexual abuse and its aftermath for men can be difficult, even painful. But such talk is absolutely essential.
When Senator Scott Brown came forward on 60 Minutes to reveal his history of boyhood sexual abuse, he joined a group of prominent men who have bravely told the world about their childhood experiences of sexual molestation, assault, and/or abuse. At one time it was virtually unheard of for any man, not to mention a prominent one, to acknowledge having been sexually abused. But over the years a number of well known men have done so. Who are these men? Musicians like Carlos Santana, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Axl Rose of Guns and Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, and Mike Patton of Faith No More. Athletes like NFL player Laveranues Coles, former Stanley Cup champion Theoren Fleury, 3-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, and Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.