There are guidelines for the Army when sexual behavior has been reported. The behavior may be classified as (1) normative (i.e., not out of the ordinary given children’s age and development), (2) cautionary (unsuitable for the child or youth’s age or situation, or (3) problematic (out of bounds in terms of harm or emotional effects upon others).
Voluntary, infrequent, spontaneous
Not suitable for the location (e.g., school, faith community) Normative behavior, but more frequent than typical for the child’s ageNot currently harmful or distressing to self or othersOccurs despite adult intervention
Causes harm or potential harm or distress to any child
These guidelines are not inclusive of all possible behaviors in the three categories. Other behaviors can be considered based on the circumstances of incidents and mitigating factors of the child(ren) or youth and the families.