Sexual abuse or child molestation is defined by Texas law as indecency, sexual contact or sexual harm of anyone 17 years old or younger.
Sexual abuse is any form of indecency (offensiveness), sexual contact (including touching) or sexual harm to anyone under the age of 18.
The perpetrator does not need to come into physical contact with the victim, as indecency includes pornography, exposing/exhibitionism or obscene phone calls/texts/videos/messages. Texas law also protects children from sexual conduct that will harm their emotional, mental or physical well-being.
Emotional signs and physical symptoms of sexual abuse often go hand in hand, but will differ between age groups and situations. They include: