Sexual abuse (also referred to as molestation) is a general term used defined as the forcing of undesired sexual acts by one person to another.
It is important to remember that these are general categories of sex crimes and may be defined in different ways and called by different terms varying by jurisdiction. Different types of sexual abuse involve:
- Non-consensual, forced physical sexual behavior such as rape or sexual assault
- Psychological forms of abuse, such as sexual harassment, stalking, human trafficking, and indecent exposure and the targets of exhibitionism, especially children.
- The use of a position of trust for sexual purposes, which includes some forms of pedophilia and pederasty, sexual assault, and incest
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