Child Molestation. Child molestation is a crime involving a range of indecent or sexual activities between an adult and a child, usually under the age of In psychiatric terms. A child molester is any older child or adult who touches a child for his or her own sexual gratification. Child molestation is the act of sexually touching a child. A child is a girl or boy who is 13 years of age or younger. 6 Ways Molestation Affects Adult Survivors Victims of childhood sexual abuse are faced with many emotional and psychological challenges as they age. Research tells us that adult survivors’ worldviews, and how they view themselves, are shaped by four trauma-causing factors (traumatic sexualization, betrayal, powerlessness, and stigmatization).