What is incest?

Incest is intimate sexual contact between relatives. Incest most commonly takes the form of an older relative abusing a child or adolescent. Because incest generally occurs between a child and an older family member, the long term effects of the abuse are great. Incest is rarely reported due to the survivor’s relationship with the abuser. The child may have trouble developing healthy, trusting relationships in the future without counseling provided by licensed professionals. In addition, incest can be damaging to the survivor due to the noninterference of the non-abusing parent. Non-abusing parents may not put an end to the abuse due to a number of reasons, but the non-action further isolates the child.

Incest between a relative and child denies the child of basic security within their home.

For more information regarding incest, click here to view a STSM blog post on incest and child sexual abuse.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of incest, contact STSM at (803) 790-8208 or our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.