If you have a young boy, I’m sure you’ve seen it–he’s with his friends and they’re running around, punching each other in the crotch, thinking it’s funny. I’ve tried to explain to my own son that this is wrong, that he shouldn’t touch others in their “privates.” That we’re nice to our friends, we hug them, show them respect. To which he blankly looks at me in return. So how do you explain to a child what the difference is between affection and inappropriate touching, or even worse, sexual abuse? Caffee Wright, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Juvenile Sex Offense Counselor and author of When Touching Hurts, gives advice.
How can you explain the difference between sexual abuse and affection?
Sexual abuse is when someone does something sexual to another person without their consent, or the person may consent and is not legally old enough to consent. Sexual abuse is usually seductive, coercive, and exploitative. Affection produces a [Read more…] about The Difference Between Affection and Inappropriate Touching