This product was developed by the Child Sexual Abuse Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, comprised of mental health, legal, and medical professionals with expertise in the field of child sexual abuse.
This project was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.se?
Intrafamilial sexual abuse means sexual abuse that occurs within the family. In this form of abuse,
a family member involves a child in (or exposes a child to) sexual behaviors or activities. The “family
member” may not be a blood relative, but could be someone who is considered “part of the family,”
such as a godparent or very close friend.
The discovery that someone you love and trust has sexually abused your child is extremely stressful
and can bring up intense feelings of shock, rage, confusion, denial, disbelief, and guilt. Dealing with
these reactions—and helping your child recover from the abuse—requires time, strength, and support
from your extended family, your community, and from professionals in law enforcement, child protection, and mental health services. Although it
may be difficult, it is important to notify law enforcement
if your child discloses sexual abuse. This is an important
step in keeping your child safe.
Facing the reality of intrafamilial sexual abuse can be painful.
But by ending the secrecy surrounding sexual abuse, you can help your family to heal and protect and nurture your child so that he or she can grow into a healthy, successful adult.
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