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Statistics show us that 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse by the time they reach their 18th birthday. A child under 16 years old is never able to consent to any kind of sexual activity, period. Child sexual abuse can also happen without any physical contact between the perpetrator and a child. For example, an adult exposes their genitals to a child or shows them sexually explicit photographs. When an adult engages with a child in these ways, they are committing a crime that can have lasting effects on the victim. The emotional impact of these acts on the child can include, but are not limited to:
Other forms of child sexual abuse include: fondling; sex of any kind; obscene text messages, phone calls or online interactions; exposing a child to sexual images or videos; masturbation in front of a minor.