Does Exposure to Adult Sexual Behavior Harm Children?

Resources used to support "no"


Sexually explicit media are related to sexual behavior in adolescents, but does not appear to be a powerful behavior-shaping mechanism.
Essentially, refusing to expose (appropriately) sexual behavior as well as abuse and violence to children maintains the silence around sexual abuse and incest; it perpetuates secrecy.
Although clinical opinion often refers to these behaviors as forms of sexual abuse, empirical evidence suggests that parental nudity may be neutral or even positive. Exposure to "primal scenes" is not linked to psychological harm; and only in the case of parent-child cosleeping was there a suggestion of harm, which may be the antecedent rather than the consequence of cosleeping.

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