Clandestine Abuse Law and Legal Definition

Clandestine abuse is a form of sexual, psychological, or physical abuse that is kept secret for some purpose. The term refers to abuses that are concealed or underhanded. For example, a child abuse that is kept secret may be referred to as a clandestine abuse. Often, a victim of child sexual abuse is under a great deal of pressure to keep the abuse secret. S/he may keep the abuse secret because the molester might have threatened to harm the child or the members of his/her family. Vivisection is also considered a clandestine abuse.