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Pregnancy And The Other Physical Signs Of Child Sexual Abuse

A 59-year-old pastor/gospel singer was arrested on allegations of child sexual abuse dating back to the 1990s. The accused pastored several churches within the Dallas, Texas, area. Videos uploaded to YouTube also show him singing at several religious services and other events.

One victim alleged she was just 13 when the perpetrator, her pastor, started abusing her. She conceived three children with the pastor as a result of the abuse. Storm Gifford "Texas pastor and gospel singer arrested on multiple child sex abuse charges" nydailynews.com (Dec. 22, 2018).

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According to one victim, the perpetrator told her he did not enjoy what he did because she was not a willing participant. Still, he assaulted her multiple times which resulted in the victim conceiving three children.

Psychologists explain that, despite the fact that these abusers commit sexual crimes, often their offenses have little to do with sex itself. In fact, many of these offenders have several opportunities for consensual sex with other adults. However, their sexual experiences tend to be shallow.  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/inside-the-criminal-mind/201712/the-thinking-processes-sexual-predators

Sex offenders can be male or female and may be in their teens, adults, or even young children. They come from all socioeconomic groups, races, and ethnicities. They also have diverse occupations.

In this case, the perpetrator's position enabled him to access his targets (and victim) and to manipulate them into having sex.

The young victim had three pregnancies. That is one of the more obvious physical signs of child sexual abuse. However, there are other physical signs, including:

  • Vaginal or rectal bleeding
  • Genital pain
  • Itching, swelling, or discharge from a child's private parts
  • Rashes on or near a child's private parts
  • Difficulty with bowel movements
  • Painful urination
  • Reoccurring complaints of stomach or headaches
  • Trauma to breasts, buttocks, genitals, lower abdomen, or extremities
  • Sexually transmitted infections and diseases
  • Trouble walking or sitting and/or
  • Self-mutilation in the forms of cuts or slashes.
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