South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about ‘Offending Behaviours’

CEASE Standards of practice for treatment programs

Aims
The CEASE Standards of Practice present a set of requirements for services and service goals to ensure equity of access and quality of care for delivery of services. The Standards define and describe the quality of service provision.

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Children with concerning and/or harmful sexual behaviours - Information for parents & caregivers

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

As children grow from babies to adults, they go through different stages. In each stage, the way they feel about their own and other peoples bodies changes. When children are growing up, they are naturally curious about their own bodies and other people’s.

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Children with concerning and/or harmful sexual behaviours - Supervision & safety planning

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Whilst we take the position that the young person who has displayed harmful sexual behaviour is responsible for their own actions, we recognise that working with that young person to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety can take time.

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Defining offender types

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

Offenders can be classified into sadistic and non-sadistic (Salter 1995). Sadistic offenders have a shorter offending cycle and are more likely to abduct a child not known to them. Non-sadistic offenders will frequently place themselves in positions within families/schools/community groups where they have opportunities to offend.

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Department of Human Services: Specialist practice resources

The Specialist Practice Resources are a valuable tool for practitioners, but do not replace the Child Protection Practice Manual, which is a step-by-step operational tool to help with day-to-day procedures.

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Grooming and predatory behaviour

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Grooming is the criminal activity of becoming friends with a child in order to persuade the child to enter into a sexual relationship.  

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Mother/daughter rape

For Female Survivors, Students, Workers

This Chapter appeared in Womens encounters with violence: Australian experiences. Edited by Sandy Cook and Judith Bessant, 1997. Sage Publications. This work is reproduced here for the purposes of the SECASA website only. No unauthorised copying is permitted without the permission of the Author.

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Offenders in Australia

For Students

This article is an extract from Sexual violence in Australia
Bree Cook, Fiona David and Anna Grant
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, 2001

The basic data available on sex offenders is derived from police and court records and the ABS prison census.

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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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Recidivism of sex offenders

For Students, Workers

A research paper by
Dr Karen Gelb, Senior Criminologist, Sentencing Advisory Council

Published by the Sentencing Advisory Council
Melbourne Victoria Australia. © Copyright State of Victoria, Sentencing Advisory Council, January 2007. This publication is protected by the laws of copyright.

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Services for youth with harmful sexual behaviours

About AWARESECASA AWARE provide assessment and treatment of sexually abusive behaviour (SAB) and problem sexual behaviour (PSB) in children and young people, whilst providing support to their parents and carers in the southern region of Melbourne, Victoria.

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Theories on why sexual abuse happens

For Students, Workers

An examination of the major theoretical approaches on why sexual assault happens.

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What are offending behaviours?

For Students, Teachers, Workers

Sex offending occurs along a continuum of unwanted sexual behaviours which includes:

sexual harassment
obscene phone calls
exposure
stealing sexual items
stalking a potential victim
voyeurism
frottage
sexualised touching
incest
rape (vaginal, oral and anal intercourse)
penetration with objects
sex with children
bestiality
aggravated rape

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