The following was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Remember, children develop at their own pace so some overlap may occur in the behaviors listed. That’s common and shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.
Sexual behavior in children is normal and it doesn’t necessarily mean your child has been sexually abused or re-abused. If you are in doubt, look for other cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical indicators of abuse that are not in the realm of healthy development, as shown later in this section.
Select an age group below for a list of common childhood sexual behaviors.
(infants to 3 years of age)
(approximately 4-6 years of age)
(approximately 7-12 years of age)