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Are you concerned about sexual abuse between children and young people? It’s more common than many people might think.
Usually, but not always, the child or young person causing the harm is older than the victim. Often victims are uncomfortable or confused about what is happening and may feel they are willingly involved, but they do not understand the behaviour is harmful.
Similarly, children and young people who behave in a harmful sexual manner may be uncomfortable or confused about their behaviour and will rarely understand why they are behaving in such a way.
Some children have a history of abuse or feeling insecure which contributes to their need to behave in a sexually harmful manner.
Whatever the cause of a child or young person’s sexually harmful behaviour, it is important to stop it before it goes any further.