The Term Child Abuse is Vague and Evasive

I think in law and in common speech, we should avoid the deliberately vague term child abuse. It can mean anything from anal rape of a four year old to oral sex with a horny 17-year old who was the persistent instigator, or a 19 year old boy who has sex with his 17 year old girl friend. It can even mean hitting or swearing at child or failing to provide proper nutrition. To me, the term child abuse conjures up silly images of misuse of a child, for example using one as a ladder or a chauffeur. We should coin more specific terms. What we are doing is equivalent to lumping all crimes with adult victims as adult abuse.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)