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What about labels – are they helpful?

But labels can sometimes be unhelpful. 

A person’s sexuality doesn’t always fit neatly into one box or another. Also, people’s sexuality can change over time. This is especially true for adolescents, who are still developing. 

You may have come across some of the labels used to describe people who have sexual thoughts about children. 

Here at Shore, we don’t believe that using labels, especially for people under 18, is helpful. 

Try to remember that you’re a complex being who is still growing and developing. You’re still figuring out what you like and what you don’t like, and who you want to be. Your sexual thoughts and feelings, just like you, probably don’t fit neatly under a label – and that’s okay.