Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse involves the occurrence of a child in any sexual situation with an adult.  This can include actual contact (e.g. fondling, rape), having the child watch sexual acts or material, using the child in any aspect of pornography, and making the child look at an adult’s genitals.

California law further sub-divides sexual abuse into sexual assault and sexual exploitation.  Sexual assault includes rape, statutory rape, incest, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, oral copulation, penetration by a foreign object, and child molestation.  Sexual exploitation includes pornography and prostitution.