Sexual abuse is one of the many issues that have been prevalent in society especially amongst the youth. Victims of sexual abuse choose no gender and age, meaning just about anybody could be victims of this abuse, but today the prevalent victims of sexual abuse are young girls (Hackbarth, 2002). This is because often offenders choose victims that are weak and are vulnerable, so that they could easily capture their victim, the young and naive nature of young girls makes them the perfect targets of offenders (“ Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ).
One concern regarding sexual abuse is the issue that most sexual abuse suspects blame their victims for the abuse. To say that the victims themselves are the perpetrators of their own abuse is only an escape strategy of abusers to bail out from the consequences and punishment that they would get. One of the main reason why some abusers use this reason is that the misconception of abusers of the natural or normal sexual behavior that a child exhibits. The sexual development of a child could be seen even at the early days of life.
As early as toddlerhood, children become curious about their genitals (Rich, 2002). It is by the time children get to the age of 5, or the school age, is where children become interested in the function of their different body parts, and sexual play is unintentionally experienced by the child (“Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ). It is later on in childhood that children experience the feeling of affection for the opposite sex and this is also where children raise different questions (“Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ).
By pre-adolescent years, children now are more focused on creating social relationships and sexual feelings become more and more understandable (“Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ). It is by puberty stage that children fully develop body parts and sexual organs (“Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ). For girls, it is at this stage that they experience their menstruation, a sign of puberty while it is at this stage that boys experience the routine masturbation (“Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ).
It is also at this stage that children now focus on romance and intimacy for the opposite sex that is why it is at this stage that different sexual issues arise (“Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ). It is here that we can see how a child even in his/ her early ages, already exhibits sexual behavior, at every stage of a child’s development also comes the sexual development of a child (“Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse”, n. d. ).
That is why it is unjust to say that a child is the primary reason why such abuse occurs because of the fact that together with the development of a child is the development of one’s sexual behavior. This natural phenomenon in the development of an individual could not be pointed out as the primary reason why children experience such abuse. Abusers use this natural behavior as a probable reason to escape from the punishment that entails their action. Sexual abuse perpetrators commonly use the strategy of blaming the victim themselves to escape the punishment of their crime.
It is in using the said sexual behavior demonstrated by the child that these offenders use to practically prove support the blame that they point out to the victim (Neddermeyer, 2005). It is here that we can see that this reason could not be supported due to the understanding that a child, though may exhibit sexual behavior, is still a child and the responsibility of the abuse should not be shouldered on the child, but on the mature adult that should consider the appropriate behavior (Hackbarth, 2002).
That is why there is no reason to believe and support the victim blaming strategy of such offenders. As a child grows up, a child develops; together with this is the sexual behavior development that is unintentionally exhibited by children. To consider this behavior as a provocative behavior for sexual abuse is completely wrong. After all, the adult should be responsible enough to know what is right or wrong, and that they should be able to take responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make.
In the end the main point in this discussion is that, the natural behavior exhibit by a child may present sexual behaviors but it is not viable reason to blame the children for sexual abuse. References Entrusted to our care: how to protect our children from sexual abuse. (n. d. ). Diocese of Spokane, Retrieved from http://webcache. googleusercontent. com/search? q=cache:1teNu5U1ktwJ:www. dioces ofspokane. org/adult_childabuse_preventiontraining. ppt+Children+provoke+sexual+ buse+by+their+seductive+behavior&cd=20&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ph
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