Answers to Most Frequent Questions Asked by Sexually Abused Children

Adults can sometimes hurt children and youth in many ways. Sometimes the older child or a teenager hurts and abuses the younger child. There are four forms of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual abuse, and neglect. In this text we will focus on the most frequent difficulties and questions children who experienced sexual abuse are coping with. We also know that children who were hurt in other ways also cope with these questions.

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What is virtual violence or CYBERBULLYING?

Virtual violence, or cyberbyllying is every communication activity via the Internet (e-mails, web pages, web logs) video media or mobile phones which serve the purpose of humiliating, teasing, threatening or terrorizing a child in some other way.

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What is domestic violence?

Family is where children and youth should feel safe and loved. We expect family members to show respect for each other, like we expect it from all other people we meet. You have the right to express opinions and all other members have the same right, including your parents. When parents' opinions are in disagreement, they still have the right to express them, of course, showing respect for others.

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Attitude to one’s own physical appearance

In today's culture of life, physical appearance is one of the most important attraction determinants among people. It plays an important role in creating the image and impacts on the quality of social interactions and development of relationships. Therefore people are very concerned about their appearance in the initial social encounter. They also have expectations about whether they are going to be accepted or rejected, based on their appearance.

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What can change after parents have divorced

You will most probably live with one of your parents. It may happen that you stay in the same home and one of your parents moves out. It may happen that you and one of your parents move to another flat or a house. The parent with whom one does not live most often has regular contacts with the child. They spend certain days of the week, weekends and holidays together.

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How to manage your pocket-money

Parents believe that you are mature enough to manage your pocket-money and independently decide whether to save or spend and what to spend it for. Try not to betray their confidence by spending your money for something that is harmful for you or something that they would never buy you.

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Violence in youth relationships

Everybody has the right to a relationship where mutual respect, trust, appreciation and non-violence are being developed. What if it is not so?  Sometimes we recognise the behaviour and actions of the person with whom we are in a romantic relationship as attachment and passionate love, while they can in fact be signs of jealousy, possessiveness and control.

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