Myth: Young kids are just curious.
Myth: Children will grow out of it.
Myth: My child would never force another to do anything sexual.
Myth: My child was not abused.
Myth: My child does exactly what I say and this will never happen again.
Reasons Kids Have Sexually Reactive Youth Behaviors:
The following are only a few examples:
- Confusion based on what they see on TV, videos, video games, internet, or magazines.
- Have been sexually abused by direct physical contact or subject to witnessing sexual abuse.
- Live in sexually explicit environments in which sex has been witnessed and related in a negative manner.
- Witness to Domestic Violence.
- Exposure to pornography or being used by an older person for pornography.
- Aggressive behaviors
- Problems following rules
- Poor physical boundaries in general
- Problems understanding the feeling of others or empathizing with them
- Problems at school, home, or with friends.
Reasons to Get Help
- Some sexual exploration between same-age children is normal. If you are worried that your child has sexually reactive or sexually aggressive behaviors you can get help to determine whether the behaviors are within normal limits.
- Children who have sexual behavior problems are not adult sex offenders. Early evaluation and treatment will help eliminate inappropriate sexual behaviors.
- Sexually reactive children are often victims who need to learn new coping skills and behaviors.
- Parents need support and help understanding what is happening with their child and/or in their family.
- Sexually reactive children behaviors rarely happen only once.
- Children who do not get help are at risk to be re-victimized and/or to re-offend.
- Counseling increases the chances of having healthier happier adult relationships.