It may be surprising for some to find that an organization which works to fight abuse also actively advocates that you raise your children in a free going, relaxed nature concerning sexual issues. After all, conventional wisdom is that you lock your child up with bolt and key to protect them from any harm. As we're about to show you, conventional wisdom can be DEAD WRONG.
The reality is that for decades now, experts have advocated that children be raised in a sexually healthy manner. Yet few seem to be listening. Every day that goes by we seem as a society to be marching further in the wrong direction. Since the subject of sexual abuse was more or less "discovered" in the 1970's, there has been a steady push to criminalize and stigmatize sexual behavior, especially when it comes to kids. It all started out with noble intentions-cases of 5-year-olds being repeatedly raped, fathers forcing themselves onto their children, or adults turning kids into sex slaves; this all caught our attention and prompted action. But since then, things have gone astray ... with disastrous outcomes.
In society's attempt to prevent sexual abuse, they've focused on the "sexual" part and forgot the key word: Abuse. Children are born with an active sexual instinct, and are prone to a variety of self-initiated sexual behaviors. No matter how much adults bury their heads in the sand about this or wish it were otherwise, it doesn't go away. Sexual behavior is a part of human instinct, and it's a part of that little organism you are charged with raising. When sexual instinct or sexual behaviors are suppressed, shunned, shamed, devilified, scolded, regarded as dirty or evil and so on, it's every bit as abusive as when an adult attacks a child physically, verbally, or sexually.
It's important that parents understand just how important this issue really is. With that in mind, we wanted to start out with 5 very good reasons to raise a sexually healthy child: