(No pictures were used in the context of this discussion of whether or not child abuse is actually rape; because any pictures used of children might be considered sexualized.)
In thinking about Child Sexual Abuse , I realized that we hardly ever talk about it as childhood rape. When a man has anal sex with a boy, what is he really doing? It surely is rape. When a man manipulates a girl’s sexual parts into to have an orgasm, is this really rape? When a woman initiates intercourse with a boy or adolescent male, isn’t she raping him? Having a girl touch her sexual parts (whether her own or the girl’s) in order to achieve sexual excitement and/or orgasm, do we consider that rape of a child by a woman.
For purposes of discussion here is the new FBI definition of rape: (https://www.fbi.gov/…/new-rape–definitio…) The new FBI Summary definition of Rape is: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” But how about rape by proxy?
My definition of rape for the purpose of this discussion consists of using an innocent victim in order to achieve orgasm or high levels of sexual arousal. If the child’s sexual feelings are aroused and/or the child actually comes to orgasm, the child is not considered old enough to give consent. Also, what adds to the heinousness of this behavior is that it is kept secret and hidden to avoid detection and create undeserved guilt in the child or adolescent. The latter is often why the victim often suffers in silence. Also, does the child or adolescent know what he or she is actually doing or that he or she is not responsible for this illicit behavior?
Could child pornography also be considered as rape by proxy? The offender self-stimulates himself or herself to orgasm using what is essentially an unwilling victim. When we don’t call it rape, we make it seem less harmful. It involves an adult using a child to come to orgasm without his or her consent. How are the children treated when these pictures are taken? If the children are encouraged to see the filming as a game, what happens when the children learn what they were used for?
Remember when you were not supposed to share your private parts with anyone, but a parent, or with someone else usually a medical person when your parents were present. Later you were told you could choose to share them when you were an adult; but not with someone you didn’t want to share them with.
Now we can view others’ private parts anywhere on the street, in magazines, on the internet, and in advertisements. It is hard to say, “No, I don’t want to look at that, I don’t want to see you that way, and if you are going to do that either you must leave or I will leave myself.”
It is still alright to feel icky and to refuse to view things that you don’t like. As a long-time psychologist, I thought I had seen everything and nothing surprised me or offended me. If viewing something does not have to be done in the line of duty, I still can say it is inappropriate and switch channels or walk away or if it is my space, tell someone to leave and possibly not to return.
Private parts are your personal possessions and they are there for your satisfaction and enjoyment. This can be spoiled when someone tries to use another person’s private parts for their satisfaction and enjoyment only and will say anything or do anything to make it happen.
Feelings can become detached from the event and the victim may not remember what happened. This is a form of self-defense and possibly a form of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). This makes it difficult for the victim to bring up from inside him or herself what happened in order to digest it properly. This also can interfere with a person’s appropriate sexual development.
The victim has a large price to pay. What about the offender? Usually as long as he or she can do it, he or she will do it to more and more victims and in worse and worse ways. It could be called an addiction. It usually has to do with what an offender needs to do to get sexually excited and to reach orgasm. Like alcoholics need more and more alcohol, the offender takes more and more risks and does more and more damaging things to his or her victims. The frequency and intensity of the abuse also can increase.
Gullibility: We would like to think the best of someone sometimes rather than the worst. We can be gullible when we believe that any authority figure is an expert about such things if he or she thinks he or she is or should be.
Secrecy: Family, friends, and associates of sex offenders are afraid if they admit they know about the person’s sexual offender status and/or offenses that some of the onerous might rub off on them and can cause them not to be accepted too so they don’t say anything about it or admit to having a relative or associate with such tendencies.
Disbelief: (What actually is more onerous is not warning others that the person is not to be trusted to be alone with a child and/or to be in the care of a person who won’t keep the child safe as they see no reason to not to leave a child alone with this person under certain circumstances like when they go to change clothes and the child is taking a nap.)
Sexual offenders are often not found out until they have committed several different offenses with more than one victim. Also offenses can become more and more onerous over time and what act that may have satisfied the offender’s need for sexual stimulation and climax becomes less satisfying and the offender goes on to doing things that can not be considered victimless and/or harmful.
Many offenders often convince themselves and try to convince others that they are just educating and helping the victim with his or her sexual adjustment and not leaving it to chance with some other person when they reach adolescence or adulthood with a peer.
Also sexual offenders are not all men and they are not all homosexuals. Anyone who inappropriately touches or has a child or in some cases adolescent inappropriately touch them in a way that causes sexual arousal and/or climax for the offender or the victim can cause mental and emotional pain, confusion, and discomfort that can be disabling.
What kind of things can a parent, either mother or father, do that sends confusing messages to their child? Children can sense when somethings seems or feels right or wrong and in these situations are encouraged by the person doing these things that feel wrong to them to doubt their own feelings and “put up” with it and deny their own feelings or doubts.
People may have different standards of what is right and what is wrong but any responsible adult usually knows that what the offenders are doing in front of the child or making the child do is not in the child’s best interests.
Doing something for the child’s own good can be an excuse for bad behavior or an appropriate reason for doing something the child does not like. Remember to think twice if a child avoids a person or situation and /or demonstrates the reluctance to do something.
When dealing with child sexual abuse, consult knowledgeable sources with experience and professional education in the area. Remember even registered nurses usually specialize and do not work in every area of the hospital or area of practice out in the community.
Who are you? Everyone is different from birth. Lots of things that happen to us can change our perception of ourself. People around us expect us to be like them and as a child, we often don’t know any better. We all have different kinds of potential and that potential helps define our purpose in life. We often are so busy responding to the demands put on us by the outside, we have little time or opportunity to discover who we really are inside. Often we are caught up in doing what we think we should be doing but not really what reflects our purpose in life and uses our unique talents and abilities. Sometimes this is reflected an adolescent rebellion or in a midlife crisis and others don’t discover this until they are facing retirement.
The Bible warns against condemning others, but it also tells you not to condemn yourself. We create so many problems when we start having so many expectations for ourselves, things that we have to live up too. Do we bully ourselves? Do we criticize ourselves before somebody else, including God, does it to us? Then when we err we don’t give ourselves any slack. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. We judge ourselves before somebody else can judge us. Of what use is self-condemnation and judgments from others?
Sometimes our conscience is too well-developed. We do this to avoid judgments from others. Maybe we stop and look in the mirror before we go out so that no one can surprise us with an unfavorable remark. Compliments are often few and far between even those they may be deserved. Sometimes when someone says nothing it is as close to a compliment as we can get.
We need warm fuzzies, not cold pricklies. I guess the latter at least reassure us we have been noticed. Have you ever felt that you might be invisible when everybody in the room at a party are busy talking to each other and they don’t seem to notice that you are there?
This is probably not a post for psychopaths to read as they already don’t do this and that is why they don’t change. Guilt, Shame, and depression are what can weigh you down. Especially if you can’t let go of them.
We all seek love, attention, support, and affection. It can build our ego, increase our self-esteem, and help us feel good. But there is a danger when we direct our attention outside ourselves so strongly that any slight, failure, or loss can sink our boats.
I have started to not only declutter my house, but also my mind. Negative feelings like those above can become permanently attached in the unconscious to things that you have done, things that have happened to you, and things you have learned.
I came to this conclusion when I realized that I still felt guilt about things that turned out wrong even though I may not have even planned for them to happen. The negative consequences of these actions were so life-shattering that I thought I could never live them down and my future was black because of them.
Recently I have realized that I was taking more responsibility for what happened than I should have as I didn’t know what the consequences could be at the time or even that I was that responsible!
Have you ever said, “I can’t forgive myself for….” It also makes it possible for others who might be somewhat responsible for what happened too to shift the blame entirely on to you.
I am in the process of unhooking myself from these sort of things and of letting me focus on the future using what I have learned from my mistakes to help myself and others.
P.S.: I have been strongly involved in politics lately and what upsets me is that political candidates and parties are more directed towards what they think people want to hear than towards what they really have to say, really want to do, and how they would actually accomplish it. Worst of all, they don’t take responsibility for things that they have done that hurt others and that make them poor candidates for political office.