Any child can be a victim of a child sex abuser. However, those who have understood what is and is not allowed – and understand the rules of intimacy – are better able to identify an assailant. They are more likely to dare to say no, and more likely to quickly talk about a sustained or attempted assault.

Lonely children that are left to themselves, and those who lack guidance in their relationships with others or who have not understood the rules of intimacy (incestuous families) are the main targets of child sexual abusers.