the involvement of a child (ages 0–17 years old) in sexual activity to provide sexual gratification or financial benefit to the perpetrator. This includes both touching and non-touching behaviors.
Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor. A child cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. When a perpetrator engages with a child this way, they are committing a crime that can have lasting effects on the victim for years.
Grooming consists of actions which create an environment where a child is more likely to suffer sexual abuse. It can take place on-line, in person, at school, with family or friends. And the victim is usually not the only person being groomed.
Being familiar with CSA statistics and facts can help you understand what child sexual abuse is, the risk factors and consequences for survivors, and how to identify and report suspected abuse.
Exposure to age-inappropriate sexual material is known to: