When someone is sexually abused by a family member, it is called "incest". This form of sexual abuse is particularly traumatic because it breaks the trust a child has placed in someone who is normally caring and nurturing.
Sometimes parents, and especially mothers, do not want to believe that their child has been molested, particularly when it is someone, sometimes the breadwinner, who lives in the same house or nearby.
NEVER blame your child. Sexual abuse is never the child's fault. PLEASE believe your child. Not only is it against the law to keep such information to yourself, but you may be sacrificing your child's physical and emotional health if you do not seek help.
If you suspect or know of a child who is being abused, it is imperative that you make a report to your local Crisis Centre, Social Services Department or the Police.
In the Bahamas, call the Crisis Centre at 328-0922 or the Child Protective Services on 326-0451
Sexual abuse is the involvement of a child in any sexual practices with an adult or older child. It includes fondling of private parts, making suggestions of a sexual nature, penetration (anal, oral or vaginal) It also includes exposure to indecent pictures, film, literature or behaviour.
Signs of sexual abuse: