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    Incest can be defined as sexual activity with a person from within the immediate family. However, the exact relationships which can be construed as incest will vary from culture to culture. Many countries have laws that forbid incest but there is considerable variation in the exact nature of these.

    In England and Wales the Sexual Offences Act 2003 created an offence of familial sexual abuse (this is covered in Scotland in the 2009 Sexual Offences Act, and in Northern Ireland in the Sexual Offences Order 2008). The aim of this law was to protect children up to the age of 18 from any form of activity that a person would consider sexual or indecent. The offender may be an adult or another child. It recognises the modern family unit and it defines familial sexual abuse as being between a person and their parent (including adoptive or foster), grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling or half-sibling, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.[1

    The Sexual Offences Act 2003 also prohibits adult sexual relationships but within a slightly narrower definition that includes just close blood relationships only – parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

    The most common manifestations are sibling incest and father-daughter incest.[2]



    Sibling sexual abuse is usually recognised as being the most common form of sexual abuse within families. It has been documented as being five times more common than father/stepfather abuse.[2]Father-daughter incest was reported by 2.5% of female participants in an anonymous computer-assisted self interview.[3]One study from Scandinavia looked at all child sexual abuse in one area:[4]

    Girls were victims in 85% of the cases, boys in 12% and boys as well as girls in 3%.

    Sexual penetration had occurred in 53.7% of cases and there was genital or other physical manipulation in 29.6%.

    In 16.7% cases there was no physical contact but there was some kind of non-contact molestation or exhibitionism.

    Most perpetrators (72%) were well known to the child.

    The most severe violations (regarded as the ones where there was sexual penetration) were significantly more often committed by biological relatives, household members, or family friends than by strangers.

    Presenting features

    The offender is reported as male in most cases but female involvement may be under-reported. Although sibling incest is thought to be the most frequently occurring form of incest, the abuse of daughters by fathers or stepfathers is more commonly reported.[5]Abuse by stepfathers is up to five times higher than that by biological fathers. Physical symptoms may include:

    Vaginal pain

    Rectal pain

    Vaginal discharge


    Chronic dysuria



    Incest is usually repeated and will often continue for many years. As the daughter reaches an age when she is able to resist or flee, the activity may be repeated with a younger sister. Though the profiles of incestuous families may vary, the father-perpetrator is typically an immature individual with low self-esteem, while the wife-mother is depressed, helpless or otherwise emotionally absent.[6]The father often uses alcohol to allay his inhibitions before molesting his daughters. Theories have proposed that girls allow the sexual relationship to continue to prevent family disunity.[7]

    Psychological symptoms include:

    Deliberate self-harm.


    Sleep disorders.

    Aggressive behaviour.


    Post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Poor concentration.

    Poor performance at school.



    Eating disorders.

    Precocious sexual behaviour with peers.

    Associated factors

    The increase in the divorce rates may have placed more children at risk than previously. When women begin new relationships, they may unwittingly be putting their children at greater risk for sexual abuse from the men they date. The study by St

  • #2504

    Incest is another form of Child Abuse, parents should keep an eye on siblings living with them.

  • #2515

    @kawthar_pearl Please let’s try to put the right Write-up under the right Category.I feel that’s why we have Others as part of option

  • #2518

    It’s an abomination

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