SPECIAL CAUTION REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

The pattern of targeting and grooming is of particular importance in relation to disabled children and as mainstream services become more vigilant, perpetrators may move into other less attentive services, such as voluntary agencies that serve disabled children and young people, in order to access potential victims. Any visible disabilities might mark a child out […]

A WARNING FOR SINGLE PARENTS

“I cannot say enough words of caution to single women with children: do not allow the men you are dating to have access to your children… It is hard to think that your new-found romantic interest is actually not as interested in you as in seeking access to your children, but it can be absolute […]

EVEN IF THERE ARE NO SIGNS – ASK

Some children show no signs of abuse. Most children will not tell.  It is good parenting to check-in with our children and ask if anything inappropriate has ever happened to them. Remind them that no matter what has happened, whatever anyone has ever said or made them feel, it is never their fault, and that […]

HOW DO CHILDREN EXPOSE SEXUAL ABUSE

Child sexual abuse is largely an unwitnessed and often undetected crime. Research suggests that most cases of child sexual abuse are never disclosed to authorities (Martin & Silverstone, 2013). In New South Wales (NSW), the proportion of risk of significant harm (ROSH) reports1 made concerning child sexual abuse to the Child Protection Helpline has risen […]

IDENTIFYING POSSIBLE SIGNS OF ABUSE

Children Cannot Be Held Responsible For Their Own Safety Childhood should be about so many amazing things. Sure there will be trials and tribulations that they will work through, but sexual abuse should not be one of them. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves to better identify possible abuse. Often the signs and symptoms […]

WHY CHILDREN DON’T TELL

There are a myriad of reasons why children don’t tell, but almost always, an abuser must mentally and emotionally brainwash a child in order to perpetrate. It can be heartbreaking to learn what abusers say and make children think during the abuse. The child may not be old enough to understand that they are being […]

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Different survivors react to their experiences differently. This does not necessarily depend on what happened physically. A survivor who has been raped will not necessarily be more damaged than a survivor who has been touched. The degree of damage depends on the degree of traumatic sexualization, stigmatization, betrayal, and powerlessness that the child has experienced. […]