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Sexual abuse

Definition of the noun sexual abuse

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  1. a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat

Alternative definition of the noun sexual abuse


  1. Any sexual activity that is undesired by one participant but forced by another participant nonetheless.


  1. "Sexual abuse" is a book by Lynn DeLapp.
    • also known as "Sexual abuse: a lifelong legacy"
  2. "Sexual abuse" is a book by Jean Goodwin.
    • also known as "Sexual abuse: incest victims and their families"


Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is forcing undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or molester. The term also covers any behavior by any adult towards a child to stimulate either the adult or child sexually. When the victim is younger than the age of consent, it is referred to as child sexual abuse.

  • also known as Sexuellt utnyttjande

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sexual abuse

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (2008)

by Gilbert Reyes, Jon D. Elhai, Julian D. Ford

and childhood sexual abuse (CSA). ASA and CSA can include a variety of ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Depression (2009)

by Rick E. Ingram, PhD

Sexual abuse is unwilling sexual contact usually by any older peer or adult, and also includes noncontact experiences such as being made to watch sexual activity. Psychological abuse is sadistic parental behavior involving coercive control ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

Ability Grouping Abortion Abuse, Child Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Elderly Abuse, Intimate Partner Abuse, Sibling Academic Standards Accidents, Automobile Accommodation. See Pluralism Acculturation Acid Rain Activity Theory Addiction ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

sexual abuse of children the 1984 survey a decade later, a Canadian social work researcher pointed out that...

Google previewDrugs in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes] (2014)

by Nancy E. Marion, Willard M. Oliver

Americans and Drug Use Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault Biological and Psychological Reasons for Substance Abuse Child Sexual Abuse and Substance Abuse Children of Alcoholics Codependency Counterculture and Drugs Domestic ...

Google previewFreud's World: An Encyclopedia of His Life and Times (2012)

An Encyclopedia of His Life and Times by Luis A. Cordón

In the mid-1890s, Freud proposed that all neuroses are the result of an adultÊs sexual abuse of a child, an idea that became, somewhat unfortunately, known as the seduction theory. The name is unfortunate because of the consensus implied ...

Google previewDictionary of Architectural and Building Technology (2004)

by Henry J. Cowan, Peter R. Smith, W. K. Chow

Clearly, a child who is physically harmed will also suffer emotionally; sexual abuse sometimes involves physical coercion as well as emotional damage; children physically abused may also suffer sexual abuse. In a parenting environment high ...

Google previewDictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011)

by Joel B. Green, Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles, Allen Verhey

Sermon on the Mount Seven Deadly Sins Sex and Sexuality Sex Discrimination Sexual Abuse Sexual Ethics Sexual Harassment Shame Sin Singleness Sirach Slander Slavery Sloth Social Contract Social Service, Social Ministry Sociology ...

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Quotes about Sexual abuse

The photographs of Iraqi prisoners being subjected to degrading and humiliating treatment by their captors, and the reports of acts of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other acts of maltreatment shock the conscience. (Ed Markey)
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