Friedrich, William N., Jennifer Fisher, Daniel Broughton,
Margaret Houston, and Constance R. Shafran, Normative Sexual Behavior in Children: A
Contemporary Sample, In: Pediatrics, 101 No. 4 April 1998, p. e9
Sexual behavior in children can cause uncertainty in the
clinician because of the relationship between sexual abuse and sexual
behavior. Consequently, it is important to understand normative
childhood sexual behavior. [...]
A broad range of sexual behaviors are exhibited by children who there is no
reason to believe have been sexually abused
Gieles, Frans E. J., A Carefully Reconnoitering of the Limits
Between Wanted and Unwanted Intimacy; Summary of a lecture for the
Flemish Association of Orthopedagogues,
Gent, Belgium, 24 November 1995;
Published in: tOKK, (Journal for Orthopedagogy, Child Psychiatry and
Clinical Child Psychology),
22-3, September 1997
Nowadays, much behavior is labeled as
"sexual", but it is debatable if that behavior is felt or meant as
sexual. Thus, I say: Do not sexualize what is not felt or meant as such.
Especially sexologists do this. They observe and count behavior
of children by gender and age, and they give percentages to know if certain sexual
behavior is normal or not. [...]
In modern society acts are frequently labeled as sexual as they are
not felt or meant as such. The rare groups that plea for more sexual freedom for
youth do this. Also they who combat that idea of more freedom with ardor do
this. Sexologists do it and it is bon ton among professional helpers.
Public opinion also trends to separate youth and sex. The effect is that
granddads and grannies, parents and teachers, as well as childcare workers
for surety create great standoffishness.
Kerkhof, Martijn P.N. van, Jany Rademakers about children's
sexuality: 'Sexual Experience Makes Youths More
translated from 0-25, oktober 1999
Dutch young people usually start with sex if they are ripe for
'They learn that partners have to negotiate with each other', says developmental psychologist Jany
'Unquestionably, children have sexual feelings. People refuse
to believe it. But the three basic elements of sexuality - gender, intimacy,
and having a body - appear to be of great importance in children's lives,'
'Parents have much influence on the development of sexual
feelings, positively as well as negatively.'
'I think that boys strongly need to talk with a man about the filling in of
'Dutch youngsters have fourteen year time to experience with
'I do not exclude that boys are from nature more directed to
NVSH, An Actual Political Debate;
Summaries and Quotes, translated from an Introduction to a NVSH* symposium Youth, Sex and
April 15, 2000, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
During the last decennia, it has become clear that corporal and sexual
abuse of women and children, in particular within the family, exist on a far
greater scale than they were supposed to before that time. More openness and a
better care for the victims of such abuse have made clear that in this regard
our society has to do with a problem that is both serious and hard to manage -
a problem that evidently exists for a long time already, but was concealed or
denied in the past.
In my opinion, however, the attention to this kind of mistreatment also lead
to over-reaction and misinterpretation in several aspects.
Prescott, James W., Body
Pleasure and the Origins of Violence, in: The Bulletin of the
Atomic Scientists, November 1975, pp 10-20
A neuropsychologist contends that the
greatest threat to world peace comes from those nations which have the most
depriving environments for their children and which are most repressive of
sexual affection and female sexuality.
Universal sexual human rights
- Source: Conference Report of the Fourteenth World Congress of Sexology, 23-27
August 1999, Hong Kong
At the final plenary session,
Professor Eli Coleman, Chairman of WAS announced the eleven basic sexual
rights that they wished us to endorse and enact in our work as clinicians,
educators and researchers. They are listed below and were endorsed by the
conference to much applause:
(1) The right to sexual freedom. [....]