FACTS OR MYTHS?

FACTS MYTHS
  • Adults who sexually abuse a child usually know the child in some capacity.
  • Disclosure may not occur immediately after the abuse and may not happen all at once.
  • Children often do not disclose abuse until they are adults.
  • Adults who sexually abuse children can also be in adult sexual relationships.
  • Offenders may test a child’s boundaries in front of other adults — ‘accidentally’ touching them in private areas while rubbing their backs, tickling, wrestling, etc.
  • Sexual abuse that does not include contact can still have a psychological and emotional impact on victims.
  • Sexual offences against children are the crimes least likely to be reported to authorities.
  • Some offenders knew they had a sexual interest in children when they were adolescents.
  • Most offenders are strangers.
  • All offenders were sexually abused as children.
  • Only men sexually abuse children.
  • All offenders look creepy and weird.
  • Offenders are unlikeable.
  • If a child is sexually abused s/he will tell someone immediately.
  • Only offences that include touching impact the victim.
  • Non-family child sex offenders always force or threaten children into sexual activity.
  • Nice people who like and help children would never sexually molest them.
  • A child molested by a non-family member would disclose as soon as s/he had a chance.
  • A sexually victimized child would never freely return to an non-family offender.
Legal age of consent in Canada is 16 years old, but does not apply if an adult is in a position of trust with the youth.