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One of the causes of sexual behavior problems in children is unhealthy sexual, emotional, and physical boundaries in the home environment. Other psycho-social difficulties that may cause the display of sexualized  behaviors in children are: Physical  abuse Neglect Family violence, etc. Harmful sexual behavior include: Using sexually explicit words and phrases. Inappropriate touching. Using sexual violence or threats. Full penetrative sex with other children or adults. Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behavior harm themselves and others. 5 Things to note: Each child and adolescent is a unique individual Children and adolescents who engage in harmful sexual behaviors have different motivations, risks, and protective factors as they face different risks, they have different histories, and therefore their need for support systems will be different.  A one size fits all intervention will not work for every child and teen. Our responses and support must be individualized for each child.…

Grooming can be defined as the process of desensitization of a victim by a perpetrator in order to make them less likely to reject or report sexual abusive behaviour. Grooming can happen when there is a power differential within a relationship, which the abuser exploits for their own gratification. This is most commonly recognized as a tactic used by paedophiles, both on children and parents. However, adults can also be groomed. Grooming may also include threats or bribes, which persuade the child or young person that it would be impossible to ask for help. Child grooming Age difference is one example of a power differential. Children are taught to respect older children and adults – many abusers take advantage of this. Someone who was groomed as a child might find it hard to accept that what happened to them was ‘abuse’. The abuser may have taken an interest in them…

There has been extensive studies on the adverse effects of childhood sexual trauma which shows that exposure to initial traumatic experiences—and the resulting emotional dysregulation and loss of safety, direction, and the ability to detect or respond to danger cues—often sets off a chain of events leading to subsequent or repeated trauma exposure in adolescence and adulthood.. It is highly important for everyone to take major precautions towards protecting their children from childhood sexual abuse and/or other forms of complex trauma, such as  child maltreatment—including psychological maltreatment, neglect, physical abuse, and domestic violence; it is equally important to seek immediate intervention on discovering that a child has been victimized in order to prevent long term effects, the sooner the better. The whole purpose of these materials is to wake people up to the reality of sexual violence and motivate everyone to become part of the solution. In this talk, Dr Nadine…