GENDER IDENTITY QUESTIONS
In today’s culture, it is becoming increasingly popular, almost trendy, among adolescents to make bold and public statements about their sexuality. Oftentimes it has less to do with the true sexual orientation of the individual and more to do with things going on inside a young person’s mind and emotions. Statements about ones sexuality which go against the norm of society can sometimes be a way of acting out, rebelling against authority, or seeking attention. It may also be a way of letting others know they are confused, hurt or frustrated or as a way of feeling like they belong to a certain group. And unfortunately, sexual abuse experiences can also contribute to sexual orientation matters.
Current statistics regarding sexual abuse (actual figures may be higher):
– 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 18
– 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18
These statistics are astounding and cannot be overlooked when investigating contributing factors in regard to the rise of teen sexuality matters and questioning. Of course, these are not all the reasons for sexuality questions, but some of the most common. Counseling empowers teens to make sense of their feelings and is the first step in enabling a young person to understand and sort through matters of this nature.