“Shh … Incest is best … “
Many children are raised in an atmosphere of incest. Touchy feely parentals, older siblings, aunts, uncles, older cousins and even grandparents introduce sex to children for their own pleasure while feigning that of the child. Most childhood sexual abuse is at the hands of a loved and trusted family member.
The damage done to the psyche of a child is immeasurable and long-lasting; sometimes, forever.
Incest is not best.
Small children are completely reliant on the caregivers in their lives. What they are taught, is what they know. They do not know any differently than that, however simplistic. In order to understand how this happens, and in order to understand a child’s perspective; one must be able to look at the issue through the eyes of a child.
Adult eyes and ideas can never understand the dynamic of incestuous child sexual abuse without somehow blaming or shaming the child, even unintentionally.
NOTE: We would be remiss if we did not address the fact incest, in various forms, is legal in some places; including in the United States. The legality of consensual incest varies by country however, sexual assault committed against a relative is usually seen as a very serious crime. In some legal systems, the fact of a perpetrator being a close relative to the victim constitutes an aggravating circumstance in the case of sexual crimes such as rape and sexual conduct with a minor. Learn more about the “age of consent” HERE.
Recommended BOOKS to teach children
- No Means No!: Teaching children about personal boundaries, respect and consent; empowering kids by respecting their choices and their right to say, ‘No!‘ by Jayneen Sanders
- I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private by Kimberly King
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