Term Child Sexual Abuse Counseling
Code RP-1400.8000-020.18
Definition Programs that specialize in the treatment of children and youth who are coping with the trauma of child sexual abuse which occurs when an adult, older adolescent or another child threatens, forces or manipulates a child into sexual activity abusing the relationship of power and authority that adults have over children. Sexual abuse includes sexual kissing, touching, fondling a child’s genitals, oral, anal or vaginal intercourse and incest (sexual intercourse between an adult family member and a child or between siblings) as well as behaviors that don’t involve contact such as genital exposure ("flashing"), intentionally engaging in sexual activity in front of a child, verbal pressure for sex, and sexual exploitation for purposes of prostitution or pornography. Child sexual abuse can take place within the family by a parent, step-parent, sibling or other relative; or outside the home by a friend, neighbor, child care provider, teacher or stranger. Separate counseling sessions may be structured for young children who have been victimized and for older children in their teens.
Created 5/26/11
Changed 12/18/14
Use References Adolescent Sex Abuse Counseling
Adolescent Sexual Abuse Counseling
Child Incest Counseling
Child Incest Survivor Counseling
Child Sex Abuse Counseling
Incest Counseling for Children
Teen Sex Abuse Counseling
Teen Sexual Abuse Counseling
See Also References Child Abuse Protective/Restraining Orders (FT-6940.1500)
Sexual Assault Counseling (RP-1400.8000-800)
External Classification Terms Child Abuse Counseling (NPC F06.02.02)
Child Abuse Prevention (NTE I72)
Counseling (NTE F60)
Counseling (UW
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (USA MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Personal Safety (ACH E-01)
Protection of Children from Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (UW
Related Concepts Child Abuse
Children and Youth
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Foster Care Transition Services
Facet Service
Comments While child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse, in many cases therapists who provide general counseling for abused children are unable to handle cases involving sexual abuse and make referrals to a colleague who specializes in child sexual abuse situations. It is therefore important to have a separate term for the specialty.
Bibliographic References "Child Sexual Abuse", American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/child_sexual_abuse Source: “What is Sexual Assault?, Department of Commerce, State of Washington, http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/261/default.aspx

"Child Sexual Abuse", A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet, by Julia Whealin, Ph.D., National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder website, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs,

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