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The answer to this is pretty complex, as partially touched on by others. For an adult the answer would be technically no (but realistically far more complicated), because the definition of 'abuse' means that it is undesirable; but for a child any action designed to encourage sexual behavior by an adult is generally considered abuse; on the grounds that just ...


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Physically - Yes. Mentally - No! In my experience (foster parent - seen this way too much, unfortunately), kids this age know that this isn't right. Physically, they might enjoy the stimulation - it's a natural response - but that actually tends to make the experience worse emotionally and mentally for the child. People who do this to kids typically go ...


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For two years, I was in charge of my organization's child safety policy, and saw more cases than I ever should have seen, in a lifetime. My soul is burned. But that experience taught me that yes, children that age, and a lot younger can enjoy being molested. I saw a child as young as 5 acting out in self stimulation because of the things she had gone ...


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I'm tempted to answer "Yes.", but that would be totally misleading. So the long answer, because we need to examine the mechanisms that are at work in such cases: When we think abuse, we often imagine the mysterious stranger that snags little boys and girls and does unmentionable cruel things to them. And yes, these cases happen. But: The majority of ...


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Yes, it is possible that an 8 year old does not have enough emotional maturity to understand what is really going on. Talking to a professional (doctor) is a good first step, your family will certainly need the support of people who have experience with this kind of situation.



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