Child abuse happens when someone caring for a child hurts a child's feelings or body. It can happen to boys or girls in any family. Often, hurt feelings or emotional trauma last long after a hurt body has healed. Knowing the dangers of abuse and what to do if you suspect it is key to keeping all children safe.
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Upon reading these frequently asked questions - why not have a look at our Family Safety Plan pages for advice on steps you can take to protect children. Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration for example, rape or oral sex or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse including via the internet. This would include prostitution and sexual exploitation of a child for commercial or financial gain.
Epstein Created an ‘Ever-Expanding Web of New Victims,’ Says Prosecutor
Federal prosecutors have resurrected a federal sex crimes case against the billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein by focusing on accusations that he sexually assaulted girls at his mansion in Manhattan — more than a decade after a widely criticized plea deal shielded him from similar charges in Florida. Federal prosecutors unsealed the new charges on Monday accusing Mr. Epstein , 66, of running a sex-trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, to his Upper East Side home and to a mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. Epstein, 66, is accused of engaging in sex acts with minors, some as young as 14, during naked massage sessions, then paying them hundreds of dollars in cash, the indictment said. He also asked some of the girls to recruit other underage girls. The charges allege that Epstein sexually abused young girls by enticing them to engage in sex acts for money. The underage girls were initially recruited to provide Epstein with massages — and often did so nude or partially nude. These massages became increasingly sexual in nature and would typically include one or more sex acts as specified in the indictment. As alleged, Epstein also paid certain victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused. This allowed Epstein to create an ever-expanding web of new victims.
Growing numbers of youngsters are swapping naked selfies, leading to a rising tide of online child abuse images, campaigners warned yesterday. The number of sickening pictures removed by the Internet Watch Foundation has doubled from around 31, in to more than 60, this year. In there were 13, The IWF, which patrols the internet in cooperation with the police, said more young children were uploading nude photographs of themselves. Worrying trend: The number of sickening pictures removed by the Internet Watch Foundation has doubled from around 31, in to more than 60, this year. File image. Some are egged on by their peers, while others are groomed online by paedophiles, with the resulting pictures often going viral and ending up on child exploitation websites.