South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Child Abuse”

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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Child sexual development

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

An exploration of what are the customary stages of sex play and what behaviuors are of concern.

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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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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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Defining and identifying child abuse

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

This booklet examines how to identify child abuse including indicators of harm, consequences of harm and how to act upon child abuse concerns.

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For foster carers

For Family & Friends, Workers

What to do if your foster child discloses sexual abuse

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For friends

For Family & Friends, Students, Young People

Information for people whose friends have been sexually assaulted.

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For grandparents

For Family & Friends

As a Grandparent, there are many issues that must be faced when your child has sexually assaulted a grandchild.

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For parents

For Family & Friends

A booklet for parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. It contains information on issues for non-offending parents.

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Going to court

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

In Victoria, all criminal cases against adults begin in the Magistrates’ Court. Most criminal cases against people aged over 10 and under 18 at the time of the offence are dealt with by the Children’s Court. The following pages contain information for victim/survivors about these courts.

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Helping the child victim of sexual assault

For Family & Friends, Teachers

A fact sheet about how to help a child victim of sexual assault.

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How do I explain to others

For Family & Friends

There will be people who will be curious to know what has happened to your child and want to know why changes have occurred recently in your family.

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If you think a child is being sexually assaulted

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

In 85% of child sexual assault cases, the child knows the perpetrator. Most child sexual assault takes place in the home of the child. (NSW Commission for Children and Young People, 2009).

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Information for parents/carers about specialist assessments

For Family & Friends

Your child has been referred to SECASA by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Child Protection, for a “specialist assessment”. SECASA is a government funded counselling agency for victims of sexual assault and their non-offending family members.

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Recognising abuse and neglect

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

This booklet lists the indicators of child physical abuse, emtional abuse and neglect. Singly and more often in combination they can alert us to the possibility of sexual abuse and the need for further investigation.

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Trauma responses in children

For Family & Friends, Teachers

It can often be very difficult to recognise whether or not a child is being abused, both for parents and for professionals.

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Types of child abuse

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Child abuse is an act by parents or caregivers which endangers a child or young person's physical or emotional health or development. Child abuse is not usually a single incident, but takes place over time.

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