Study Guide: Supporting Individuals with SRB


Behaviors that Characterize Sexually Reactive Behaviors

What is Sexually Reactive Behavior?
Characteristics of Sexually Reactive Behavior
Grooming Behaviors


SRB and the Brain
Impact of sexual abuse

Sexual abuse that begins early in life can cause changes in the brain that have life long consequences.

  • The brain of an infant or child who is being abused operates in a constant state of fear and distress.
  • Over time, the brain gets stuck in a high state of alert, focused on survival and responding to perceived threats in their environment.
  • This prolonged negative experience may permanently alter the brain’s ability to use many brain chemicals which produces feelings of well being and emotional stability.

Important functions can be damaged or permanently impaired as a result of trauma including sexual abuse:


Additional Impact of Sexual Trauma

In addition to altering the structure and capacity of the brain, sexual trauma can impact the child or youth in other ways.


Factors That Can Contribute to Sexually Reactive Behavior


Abuse History








Strategies for Ensuring Safety & Reducing Risk While Caring for Individuals with Sexually Reactive Behavior

Remember the acronym: B-A-C-K


Be Vigilant

Accept & Understand

Clear Boundaries

Keep to the Plan


References and Resources

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