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Sexual abuse between siblings remains one of the last taboos to be addressed by society - and as such, it is rarely discussed in the media, or even among survivors themselves.
It comes as a shock to many people that children can present a risk to other children, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that children (even children within families) can post a very real risk.
IF YOU ARE A SURVIVOR OF SIBLING SEXUAL ABUSE, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Like all sexual abuse, behaviors which are regarded to be abusive are varied and numerous.
More specifically, studies have shown that between 2% (Leder, 1991) and 4% (Finkelhor, 1999) of people have been sexually victimized by a sibling as the sexual contact involved some degree of forced or coercive activity.For the sexual exploration to be deemed then the interaction is between children of a similar developmental age, where prior knowledge and experience, and physical and emotional development are on a par with each other.However, the line is crossed from sexual exploration to sexual abuse when sexual activity occurs between siblings where there is a significant difference in developmental age (more than 3 years), or where there is any use of force, tricks or coercion by one of the siblings.Like many survivors of child abuse, children may get physical pleasure from the abuse - including sexual arousal and orgasm.When a sibling is responsible for this arousal, the shame can feel enormous.
rather than abuse, but I will refer to it as “abuse” so as not to devalue the impact that this experience can have on the survivor.