How do I know if my child’s sexualized behavior is normal or a sign of abuse?
Some child sexualized behavior is normal. Other behavior may be a sign of abuse. Here are some resources that may help you know the difference:
- Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) Fact Sheet: "Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Healthy Sexuality Resources"
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center: "An Overview of Healthy Childhood Sexual Development."
- HealthyChildren.org – Ages & Stages – Sexual Behaviors in Young Children
Please seek medical attention if you feel your child has been hurt.
Visit the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) to learn more, and for local resources in Maine.