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Types of Sexual Abuse

The following is a check list for examination of sexual abuse issues:

  • Lack of information.
  • Lack of physical affirmation.
  • Lack of right to privacy (no lock on bathroom door, no privacy of room).
  • Lack of information about values concerning sexuality.
  • Lack of information about puberty.
  • Giving misinformation (if you masturbate you go blind, nice girls don’t)
  • Too much information too early.
  • Romanticized relationship between parent figure and child (mom’s little man, daddy’s little lady)
  • Shamed for being male/female.
  • Enmeshed in adult sexual relationship or problems.
  • Sexualized by inappropriate adult sexual behavior (authority figure and/or parental figure).
  • Being belittled for/or having sexual feelings ignored.
  • Being belittled for/or having dating relationships ignored or overcontrolled.
  • Exposure to pornography.
  • Exposure to sexualized rage, jealousy and fighting.
  • Living with parents who repressed sexuality and physical affection.
  • Living with parents who overdo affection and sexual touch.
  • Living with parents involved in affairs.
  • Living with adults who are sexually addictive or acting out inappropriately sexually.
  • Being the substitute spouse or primary relationship for an adult.
  • Living with an adult who fantasizes or obsesses inappropriately.
  • Being the victim of covert and seductive glances and behavior.
  • Exposed to inappropriate nudity.
  • Living with voyeurism.
  • Used as a sexual shield or placed in the middle of a parental relationship.
  • Lack of sexual boundaries in family.
  • Being set up to act out a parent’s fantasy or image (dress seductively or be a little girl for dad, or be a lady killer for mom).
  • Being exposed to weird sex.
  • Being touched or massaged in a sexual manner.
  • Sexualized back rubs or hand holding.
  • Uncomfortable hugs (too close, too long, hands reach too far, or no choice)
  • Wet or lingering kiss.
  • Seductive dancing.
  • Uncomfortable sitting on a lap.
  • Being exposed to masturbation.
  • Genital touching or fondling–breast rubbed or fondled, penis rubbed or fondled.
  • Sexualized rage, anger, cruelty, abuse.
  • Stripping and sexual punishments.
  • Forcing or encouraging children to be sexual with each other.
  • Watching others have sex or be abused.
  • Sexual games.
  • Oral sex, anal sex, or intercourse.
  • Mutual masturbation or being used for masturbation.
  • Penetration with finger or objects.
  • Sexual Torture.
  • Rape.

    (1988, Terry Kellogg/Like Works Pub.)

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