Articles about “Statistics & Research”

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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An evaluation of the Respect Protect Connect program

For Teachers

An evaluation of the Respect Protect Connect programThis evaluation was envisaged on two levels, the first determining the impact or effect of RPC on participating students and the second assessing the organisational and structural factors which might affect this.Empowering young people pilot - An evaluation of the Love Drunk performance...

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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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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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Children in the legal system

For Family & Friends, Workers

The legal system plays a vital role in the protection of children. The law provides a framework in which child protection work can, take place, and allows for coercive intervention wherever this is necessary to protect a child, whether through care and protection proceedings or through the prosecution of suspected offenders.

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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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False memory syndrome

For Workers

As reported in the Sunday Age, 15 May, 1994, a Californian man has "won his case against two therapists who he claimed persuaded his daughter that he had continually sexually assaulted as a young girl." The man was awarded $500 000 and was quoted as saying: "This is a tremendous victory.

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General statistics

For Students

This is not an exhaustive list of research in the area of family violence and sexual assault, merely a starting point. As the locations of web pages often change, many of these reports have been made available through this page to assist readers.

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How do children tell? The disclosure process in child abuse

For Workers

This study sets out to shed additional light on patterns of disclosure in child sexual abuse.

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Is the child victim of sexual abuse telling the truth?

For Students, Workers

This article addresses two facets of the investigation: the motives the various actors in sexually abusive situations have for being truthful or lying and a procedure for assessing an allegation of sexual abuse.

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Offending mothers

For Female Survivors, Students, Workers

The sexual assault of a daughter by her mother is a rare but still serious indictable crime. Feminist theory has understandably focused on the sexual violence perpetrated by men, however this has led to an absence in the feminist discourse on the sexual violence perpetrated by women.

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Offending women

For Students, Workers

The issue of sexual assault perpetrated by women has very rarely been broached in the second wave feminist sexual assault literature(2). This absence very clearly relates to the reality that 98% of perpetrators of sexual violence, are men. There are however, some workers and theorists who have started to engage with the issue of women sex offenders and I will briefly explore some of their insights.

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Research statistics

For Students, Teachers, Workers

These pages contain sexual assault statistics including recorded outcomes, reporting rates, the cost of violence and statistics about offenders.

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Respect, Protect, Connect an overview

For Teachers, Workers

A report about the Respect, Protect, Connect Program, an injury-prevention focused workshop based in secondary schools in the South East Region of Melbourne. Peer education principles are utilised in single-sex workshops with year 7-10 students.

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Responding to abuse: a matter of perspective

For Students, Workers

This article attempts to highlight how people accused of the abuse of children are able to sway public opinion, just as public opinion was swayed because of media coverage in these cases.

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Results - Victim impact survey

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

Results from a survey conducted by SECASA.

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SECASA client experiences of technologically-facilitated sexual assault and violence

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Workers

In 2014, Belinda Harvey, Social Work students from Monash University, took a placement at SECASA. This study is the result of work completed on her placement.

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The child abuse accommodation syndrome

For Students, Workers

This article appeared in Child Abuse & Neglect Vol 7, pp. 177 - 193, 1983. Printed in the USA. All rights reserved. It is reproduced here with the publishers kind permission. Copyright C 1983 Pergamon Press LtdBy Roland C. Summit, M.D.

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Working with clients with a cognitive impairment who have been sexually assaulted?

For Students, Workers

SECASA is currently implementing the Making Rights Reality Pilot Project for clients with a cognitive impairment or communication difficulties.In 2012 Sophie Gilmore and Natalie Titmus, Social Work students from Monash University, took a placement at SECASA.  The students' project arose out of the need for counsellor/advocates at SECASA to have...

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