Sexual behaviors between children often raise questions.
Perhaps a child said something vague or confusing about a game with another child. Maybe someone saw children playing in ways that worry you. Sometimes what starts out as innocent play can evolve into something adults recognize as no longer safe.
It can be unsettling to notice warning signs or concerning sexual behaviors in children. It is not always easy to tell the difference between natural sexual curiosity in kids and potentially abusive behaviors. We can help you get your questions answered so you can make a decision about when to step in.
It is hard to consider that a child we love or care about may have sexually acted out or abused a child we also love. If a child’s language or behavior is concerning to you, they may need protection and/or help to manage their behavior. You can find the help you need to do that right here.
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- Recognizing Warning Signs
- Definitions of Sexual Abuse
- How Abuse Happens
- Understanding Sexual Behavior in Kids
- Warning Signs in Adults and Children
- Prevention and Safety
- Keys to Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children
- Creating a Plan for Safety
- Considering Filing Reports
- Talking about It
- Finding the Courage to Speak Up
- Speaking to Someone with a Sexual Behavior Problem
- When a Child Tells About Sexual Abuse
- Recovery and Therapy
- For Children and Adults Who Have Been Abused
- For Those At-Risk to Abuse Others or Who Have Offended
- For Parents and Caregivers
- Reporting and Legal Issues
- Filing Reports
- Child Protective Services and Police
- Legal Issues
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