What is Child Abuse in PA? Sexual Abuse or Exploitation

What is Child Abuse in PA

What is Child Abuse in PA?
Sexual Abuse or Exploitation

Causing sexual abuse or exploitation of a child through any recent act or failure to act. Also, the following criminal offenses against a child:

  • Rape, Statutory sexual assault
  • Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse
  • Sexual assault
  • Institutional sexual assault
  • Aggravated indecent assault
  • Indecent assault
  • Indecent exposure
  • Incest
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual abuse
  • Unlawful contact with a minor
  • Sexual exploitation

The definition also includes looking at the sexual/intimate parts of a child for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual; participating in sexually explicit conversation(in person, by telephone, by electronic device) for the purpose of sexual stimulation or gratification; actual or simulated sexual activity or nudity for the purpose of sexual stimulation or gratification; actual or simulated sexual activity for the purpose of producing visual depiction, including photographing, videotaping, computer depicting or filming.

Take Note: Child abuse and neglect can occur when a person acts or fails to act.

Other types of abuse…

  1. Bodily injury
  2. Serious Mental Injury
  3. Neglect
  4. Per Se (e.g., actions that endanger a child but might not lead to a physical injury)
  5. Harmful exaggeration or misrepresentation of a child’s medical condition
  6. Causing the death of the child

To report suspected child abuse, contact CHILDLINE at
1-800-932-0313
www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis