Family Services

Sexual Abuse

Unfortunately, in Nunavut, the number of sexual violations against children below 19 years of age is far higher than in other areas of Canada.

It’s important to identify if a child is being abused as soon as possible. The earlier they get help, the better chance the child has to heal from their abuse and go on to live a healthy life.

Here are some of the signs of sexual abuse in children:

  • Has difficulty walking or sitting;
  • Displays inappropriate interest in sexual acts for his or her age, or even seductive behavior;
  • Avoids an individual without an obvious reason;
  • Avoids changing clothes in front of others;
  • Has a sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14; or
  • Runs away from home.

If you know a child is suffering physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or neglect, you are required by law to report the abuse to your Community Social Service Worker or the RCMP.

If you are a child or teen – it is wrong for someone to touch you, hurt you, or do things that make you feel uncomfortable. If someone is treating you in a way that feels wrong, call your Community Social Service Worker or the RCMP. You can also tell a teacher, relative, nurse, or any other adult you can trust.

(Reference: helpguide.org – Child Abuse and Neglect)

Links

American Psychological Association – Child Sexual Abuse, Effects, Recovery

Health and Social Services, Nunavut – Child Protection

HelpGuide.org – Child Abuse and Neglect

Little Warriors – Prevention Information

Kids Help Phone is 1-800-668-6868

Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse


Books in Your Community

For Adults

Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse, Caren Adams, Jennifer Fay, University of Washington Press.

For Children and Youth

Hear My Roar: A Story of Family Violence, Gillian Watts.

How Long Does It Hurt: A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends and Family, Cynthia L. Mather, Judy Wood, Eliana Gil and Kristina E. Debye.

I Said No: A Kid-to-Kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private, Zach King and Kimberly King.

Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, Patti Feuereisen and Caroline Pincus.

It Happened to Me: A Teen’s Guide to Overcoming Sexual Abuse, Lee Carter.

My Body is Private, Walvoord Girard, Linda W. Girard and Kathleen Tucker.

Repair for Kids: A Children’s Program for Recovery from Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse, Marjorie McKinnon.

Your Body Belongs to You, Cornelia Spelman.