Worried about your own or someone else’s sexualized behavior?
Help is available. If you are worried about your thoughts or behaviors and want to get help, visit the website of the Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. MnATSA members have specialized knowledge about sexual offending and can answer your questions and help you find the help you need.
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If you are concerned about someone else’s behavior, encourage them to get help. Here are some signs you might see. It can be helpful to use these when having a conversation with someone about your concerns.
If you are worried about a young person’s sexualized behaviors, help is available for them as well. Adolescence is a time of dramatic change including awakening sexual interest, limited social skills, and for many youth, a willingness to engage in rule-breaking behavior that will not persist into adulthood (Miner et al, 2006). Youth need to be taught the differences between harmful and healthy sexual behavior and the consequences of inappropriate or sexually abusive behavior. Please don’t dismiss concerning behaviors as simply “youth being youth.” Visit the MnATSA website to find treatment providers who work with children and youth. Then call to learn more.
MNCASA encourages all parents to talk regularly with their children about sex and sexuality including what is okay and not okay for them to do to others. Here are some helpful resources to help you talk with your child about all aspects of sex and sexuality.