However, when both parties are close in age, identifying whether the sexual activity is abusive is more complex.
The top end of the continuum may include physical force, threats of harm and overt violence.
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Developmentally appropriate sexual exploration is when there is mutual agreement between same- or similar-aged peers, it is non-coercive and all participants have the control to participate, continue or stop the behaviour (Barbaree & Marshall, 2006).