What is child sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse is when another person sexualises a child, or uses a child for their sexual gratification. Abuse can involve both non-contact and contact acts these may include:

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of class, age, sex, race or family situation.



Find the child sexual abuse prevention resource. ‘Ending offending together’ here: www.wellstop.org.nz

Child Matters: www.childmatters.org.nz

New Zealand Police: www.police.govt.nz


Follow this link for a list of books around child sexual abuse available from Rape Crisis Dunedin www.rapecrisisdunedin.org.nz

Downloadable resources

Child Sexual Abuse Factsheet

Child Development Age and Stages

Look Listen Act

How can I protect my child from sexual abuse?