South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Child Development”

Child & adolescent sexuality

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

Some and probably all children are capable of what appear to be sexual responses even in earliest years. Most infants probably explore and fondle their own genitals, but not in a goal directed way. As a child grows, masturbation to orgasm becomes more and more likely.

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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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How children cope with the pain of sexual assault

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

Simplistically stated, to survive a child has to develop psychological defense mechanisms. These defense mechanisms help them survive during the abuse, and in maintaining a balance between feeling and expressing stored pain and continuing to function in daily life. The three major defenses commonly used are:

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What are the effects of child sexual assault?

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

Child sexual assault can have a number of effects, both physical and psychological, that last both in the short and longer term. Early identification and effective intervention can ameliorate the initial effects and long-term consequences of child sexual abuse and promote the recovery of victims.

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