Conceptualising the prevention of child sexual abuse

The final report of a project which examined the specific dynamics of child sexual abuse and their implications for prevention and early intervention.

Authors: Antonia Quadara, Vicky Nagy, Professor Daryl Higgins, Natalie Siegel

This report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies and PricewaterhouseCoopers reports on a project that aimed to examine the specific dynamics of child sexual abuse and their implications for prevention and early intervention. The project: documented and conceptalised the range of behaviours that constitute ‘child sexual abuse’ and exploitation, and the contexts in which these occur; identified the factors and facilitators associated with the various forms of perpetration of child sexual abuse; mapped current prevention, early intervention and therapeutic responses against this analysis; and assessed key points of prevention and intervention in light of identified risk factors and facilitators of child sexual abuse, and apparent gaps in prevention.

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