Sexual abuse by other children

It's normal for children to be curious and want to learn about their sexual parts. 

If children look at or touch others' bodies it may not mean the same for them as it does for adults. 

There is usually nothing to worry about if:

  • the children are about the same age and are friends
  • they can be easily redirected
  • the behaviour isn't unusual for their age
  • no child is upset by it.

Remind your child that:

  • someone else's body is private and touching is not OK
  • It is not OK for a child to touch another child in a way that upsets them.

If an older or stronger child persuades, tricks or forces a child into sexual activity, this is serious.

If this happens you must contact the Child Abuse Hotline on 1800 700 250 immediately.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017