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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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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Respect me. Don't sext me

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

The "Respect me. Don't sext me" sexting education pack is designed for Australian schools to deliver to 11 - 14 year olds. The pack is available on these pages as downloads or available to order.

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Some secrets should never be kept

For Family & Friends, Young People

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept by Jayneen Sanders is a beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively broaches the subject of keeping our children safe from sexual interference. It is suitable for 3 - 12 year olds.

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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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