Call It What It Is: Child Sexual Abuse

By Vicki Tidwell Palmer, LCSW, November 10, 2017, Huffington Post

The recent allegations about a 1979 incident involving then 32-year old Alabama Assistant District Attorney Roy Moore illustrate, once again, that we are woefully misinformed and misguided about the reality of childhood sexual abuse and assault.
When an adult—whether a teacher, clergy member, coach, or in this case a prosecutor in a courthouse—initiates a sexual conversation or has sexual contact with a minor child, the incident is child sexual abuse, period.


The most commonly used terms to describe adult sexual contact with a person under the age of 18 include:   . . . 

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