Inappropriate Behaviour

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

physical abuse
emotional abuse
sexual abuse
severe neglect
parental rejection
family breakdown
domestic violence
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: