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Examples of Sexual Behaviors in Children 2 to 6 Years of Age
Touching/masturbating genitals in public/private
Viewing/touching peer or new sibling genitals
Showing genitals to peers
Standing/sitting too close
Trying to view peer/adult nudity
Behaviors are transient, few, and distractable
Rubbing body against others
Trying to insert tongue in mouth while kissing
Touching peer/adult genitals
Crude mimicking of movements associated with sexual acts
Sexual behaviors that are occasionally, but persistently, disruptive to others
Behaviors are transient and moderately responsive to distraction
Asking peer/adult to engage in specific sexual act(s)
Inserting objects into genitals
Explicitly imitating intercourse
Touching animal genitals
Sexual behaviors that are frequently disruptive to others
Behaviors are persistent and resistant to parental distraction
Any sexual behaviors that involve children who are 4 or more years apart
A variety of sexual behaviors displayed on a daily basis
Sexual behavior that results in emotional distress or physical pain
Sexual behaviors associated with other physically aggressive behavior
Sexual behaviors that involve coercion
Behaviors are persistent and child becomes angry if distracted
↵a Assessment of situational factors (family nudity, child care, new sibling, etc) contributing to behavior is recommended.
↵b Assessment of situational factors and family characteristics (violence, abuse, neglect) is recommended.
↵c Assessment of all family and environmental factors and report to child protective services is recommended.
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