Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour have usually experienced abuse and neglect themselves (Hackett et al, 2013; Hawkes 2009; McCartan et al, 2011).
A study by Hackett et al (2013) of children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour suggests that two-thirds had experienced some kind of abuse or trauma such as
parental drug and alcohol abuse.
Around half of them had experienced sexual abuse.
Family histories and backgrounds can have an impact on the sexual behaviour of children: