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TRUFUSA ONGOYA
Posted August 10, 2019 from Kenya

You can help a child who has sexual behavior problems.

If you know a child and youth who demonstrates sexual behavior problems, you can help them to learn new healthy and safe behaviors. It's important for parents and other caregiving adults to act promptly to address a young person's sexual behaviors.  Treatment providers who specialize in children's sexual behaviors can help both the child and the family address and change at-risk behaviors, as well as design safety plans to help the family maintain a safe environment.

Children and youth engage in sexual problem behaviors for often very different reasons than adult offenders. Behaviors that are sexual and harmful in youth may be a result of other issues such as impulsivity, social skill deficits, family trauma, etc.  Qualified youth treatment provider can make assessments to help determine the nature of the behavior.  

Besides looking for specialists in children's sexual behaviors, it is important to look for youth treatment providers that are:

This story was submitted in response to Supporting Our Girls.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 10, 2019

Hello, Trufusa,

How are you doing?

Thanks for sharing your insight on how to treat children with sexual behavior problems. I agree that we need to know the root cause why they engage on such behaviors. It could be a coping mechanism of an unsafe environment or toxic caretakers to name a few.

This is a very important topic to discuss. Thanks for bring this up.

Jill Langhus
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 10, 2019

Hi Trufusa,

Thanks for sharing your post and for addressing this important topic that doesn't seem to get mentioned much. What would be considered "sexual behavior problems," and did you intend to add something more at the end of your post regarding youth treatment providers? And, is there much awareness around this topic in your country? I'm wondering how easy or difficult it is to find these providers if someone were to identify a youth that was in need of help.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend!

Beth Lacey
Aug 11, 2019
Aug 11, 2019

Thanks for sharing

Wusufor
Aug 12, 2019
Aug 12, 2019

Hi dear,
That is a very valuable information you provided. Thanks for sharing.

Millynairi
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

Trufusa I agree with you. Acting promptly is very important before the problem gets from bad to worse.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 05, 2019
Oct 05, 2019

Yes dear
Behaviour is main important than others

Ifeyinwa Ezeagu
Feb 14
Feb 14

I can't agree less with you Trufusa, some of our youth need our help and support.
Sometimes, what they need from us could be love, reassurance, and encouragement, it could be a hand-holding to help them overcome their problems.
I had such experience with one of my niece. She lost her mother at a tender age, and it affected her behavior while growing up. The entire family was not happy with her behavior and that led us to make a decision. We took her to a psychotherapist who examined her, and the result was that she needs someone to play the role of mother in her life, she lacked motherly love.
That was the solution to the problem! Immediately the family started practicing what they were told, she became a better person.

Thank you for sharing Trufusa.

Ekitah
Feb 18
Feb 18

Hi Trufusa!
Thanks for sharing this piece on childrens sex problem and how to seek solution. Thanks and we look forward reading how from you.

laison sylvie
Feb 18
Feb 18

Thank you for raising awareness on the sexuality of our children. Its vital for parents. Thanks for sharing