5. Harmful sexual behaviour

Harmful sexual behaviour is harmful both to the child exposed to it and the child inflicting it, and requires an immediate response from adults.

Harmful sexual behaviour is an umbrella term for behaviour we classify as nonnormative and non-acceptable sexual behaviour. It is usually characterized as being excessive, secretive, violating, forceful, regressive or threatening.

In this chapter we give you insight into general statistics about harmful sexual behaviour, different causes of the behaviour, as well as suggestions on how to look after both affected parties.