“It is important that your child know that as thinking, conscious human beings we have the opportunity to think about how to deal with our own arousal before we do anything with it.”
-Dr Janet Rosenzweig, “The Sex-Wise Parent”
Children need to understand that sexual arousal, even if intentional and certainly if not, does not mean the object of their lust has any responsibility to satisfy their sexual desire. Sexual response to stimulation is not something humans are capable of controlling. What we can control is what we choose to do, or not do, with our bodies when aroused.
If you have educated your child about puberty and human sexuality, it’s time to ensure they understand they have a responsibility to exercise self-control. Sadly enough, there are children as young as 10-12 years of age that have sexually abused other children.
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