Peer-to-peer or youth-to-youth sexual abuse has continued to increase over the years. Youth-to-youth abuse can be defined as sexual behavior involving sexual body parts that are inappropriate and harmful to themselves and their peer. This type of abuse can be physical, developmental, or emotional.
The Hackett Continuum of Harmful Sexual Behavior (HSB) is a model that helps separate developmentally appropriate behavior from violent and non-consensual behavior. HSB provides essential guidance to professionals working with the youth.
Organizations geared toward serving youths are at high risk for harmful youth-to-youth sexual behavior. Therefore, these organizations must proactively train staff members to recognize dangerous sexual behavior and develop a plan to respond appropriately. This article further expands on ways youth-serving organizations can identify, prevent, and respond to youth-to-youth sexual abuse.
More information can be found in the article from Praesidium here.