Articles about “Child Sexual Abuse”

About sexual assault

For Female Survivors, Young People

This booklet explains what sexual assault is, why it happens and gives some facts about sexual assault.

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Access issues regarding abusers and victims

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Workers

In some instances, situations arise where an alleged perpetrator gains access to their child or adolescent victim. Another situation may involve being around an adult survivor of his childhood victimisation.

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Allegations of child sexual abuse

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Workers

In this article, challenges to the reliability of children's testimony are discussed. Increasing concern over possible false allegations of sexual abuse by children has led to a spate of laboratory studies that demonstrate the conditions under which children report false information.

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Angela Taylor child protection unit

This Unit provides medicals, counselling and treatment to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and is one of only two such units servicing Victoria.

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Back on track - DVD

For Male Survivors

The DVD called "Back on Track: Men talking about childhood sexual assault" follows the true stories of a number of participants from SECASA's annual weekend retreat for male survivors of sexual assault in Maldon, central Victoria.  This weekend is facilitated by SECASA counsellors and Mike Lew, therapist and author of...

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Beliefs to be reinforced

For Workers

It's neither possible or desirable to prescribe which counselling approach is best suited to your provision of support to victims of sexual assault. That will depend on an interaction of the needs, concerns and assumptions of your client and on your personal counselling style, skill base and the range of...

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Book for 10 to 13 year olds

For Family & Friends, Young People

A book for 10 - 13 year olds who have been sexually abused. It covers issues such as 'why me?', being scared or angry and some stories from other young people that have been assaulted.

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Book for 6 to 10 year olds

For Family & Friends, Young People

A book for 6 - 10 year olds who have been sexually abused. It covers issues such as 'why me?', being scared or angry.

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Book for preschoolers

For Family & Friends, Young People

A book for preschoolers who have been sexually abused. It covers issues such as 'it's not your fault', bad dreams and being angry about what happened.

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Book for sisters and brothers

For Family & Friends, Young People

This book is for children whose brothers or sisters have been sexually assaulted. You can read it on your own or with a close and trusted adult.

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Boys and men healing from male child sexual abuse

For Male Survivors

10 min excerpts from Boys and Men Healing documentary, an independent film about the sexual abuse of boys, the impact on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and breaking silence to end the devastating effects of child sexual abuse.

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Breaking the last taboo: sexual abuse by female perpetrators

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

This article examines the controversies surrounding the issue of female sexual abuse and the struggles which we have in confronting this abuse. An explanation of sexual abuse by women within feminist understanding is proposed.

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Child physical abuse: Understanding and responding

For Students, Teachers, Workers

This booklet has been developed for professionals whose work brings them into contact with children and who are required by law to report child physical abuse. It contains information concerning: Definitions; Indicators; Effects; Legislation; How to report child physical abuse; and how to help and protect children who have been...

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Child sexual abuse: Understanding and responding

For Students, Teachers, Workers

Professionals working with children are likely to come in contact with children who have experienced sexual abuse. They need to be prepared to recognise and respond to child sexual abuse, and to support child victims and their families. This booklet will help professionals respond to this serious social problem.

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Children and sexual assault

For Family & Friends

Children’s behaviour and sexual assault Not all your child’s behaviour will be related to the sexual assault. Children have different worlds to grown-ups. As a parent, you think you know everything in their world, but you don’t.

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Children and trauma

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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Common beliefs about incest

What are the commonly held beliefs about incest and child sexual assault?

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Common questions about child abuse and counselling

For Family & Friends, Students

A booklet about counselling and why it is important for child survivors of sexual assault.

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Confronting precedent and prejudice

For Workers

This paper examines the way the legal system is adjusting to current acknowledgement of child sexual abuse. This difficulty arises out of the theoretical orientation of the legal system itself, and out of the practical operation of the system.

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Coping with disaster and trauma: children’s reactions

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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