What I don't know is how to handle it when the "offender" is underage as well. They may not know what sexual behavior is either. They may just have an impulse and a sense that it has to be kept a secret and then act out without any context at all. It is not always a clear cut case of abuser and victim. They steal cookies from the cookie jar. They have sex with their baby sister.
I've talked to adults who were sexualized as children and they have no desire to seek "justice". They just have this life-long confusion hangover that they can't do anything with. And they don't want the Parents to know.
I don't know what to feel or think about this.
But when the kids are still kids, and the activity comes to light, there needs to be some kind of therapeutic process available. When juvenile detention is the only option for someone's 4-10-year old child, secrets will continue to be kept and real solutions will never be found.
My Mother was put in charge of her 2 younger brothers as a child and this set up a very bad cycle that has never been fully resolved. That's all I'll say about that.
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