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Trigger Warning: The following content contains information on sexual and physical violence which some readers may find disturbing.
A family member of a child can include anyone 1.:
- Related to them by blood, adoption, marriage, guardianship, foster care or
- Someone who has a domestic relationship with the parents or child or those living in the same house with the child.
When a child is sexually abused by such a family member, they face a more severe punishment than someone who is not a family member since they are in a position of authority and trust to the child. Depending on the type of crime committed, the punishment will vary for the family member. 2.
If you are being sexually abused by a family member or know a child in the family that is being sexually abused, please see our explanation of how you can report the crime.0
- Section 5(n) & 9(n), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
- Section 6 & 10, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.