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The Hidden Nature of Sibling Sexual Abuse: When Sexually Harmful Behaviour Masquerades as Consensual Sexual Experimentation

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It is estimated that one third of sexual abuse is perpetrated by children, with some as young as four engaging in sexually harmful behaviour. Overt peer to peer abuse is commonly seen in sexual harassment and sexual bullying, peer to peer sexual exploitation, and the use of sexual violence and rapes in gangs. There is however a more nuanced, often unspoken type of sexually harmful behaviour which is usually under-reported as it masquerades as consensual sexual experimentation between children, especially siblings, step siblings and cousins. 

 
To fully differentiate between consensual sexual experimentation and sexually harmful behaviour it is critical to understand both typical and atypical sexual development in children and young people. This workshop will examine the nature and dynamics of sibling sexual abuse by children and young people, its impact and long-term effects. We will distinguish between typical age appropriate consensual sexual curiosity and sexual experimentation and atypical sexual behaviour which is non-consensual and sexually harmful. The aim is to enable practitioners to identify sexually abusive behaviour between siblings and help clients differentiate this from consensual sexual play.
 
The workshop will explore the role of grooming and examine how such abuse is normalised by being presented as consensual sexual exploration and experimentation. Strategies such as enticement through playing games that lead to sexually harmful behaviour and encouraging sexual activities with other children will be unpacked to provide a deeper understanding of how non-consensual sexual experimentation can make it harder for children, parents or adults in the child's psycho-social world to legitimise this as sexual abuse and respond appropriately. To do this, the day will examine how parents and primary caregivers can talk to their children in an age appropriate way about sex and sexuality to help protect them from sexually harmful behaviour. In enabling survivors to identify their experience as sexually abusive they can begin to legitimise their abuse and understand how it has impacted them and begin the journey of recovery and healing.  
 
The workshop will specifically look at:
  • The range of sibling and peer on peer sexual abuse
  • The nature of sexually harmful behaviour in children
  • The nature of typical age appropriate consensual sexual exploration between siblings
  • The nature of atypical non-consensual sexual behaviour between siblings
  • The role of grooming and ‘normalisation’ of sexually harmful behaviour
  • How to talk to children about sex and sexuality to help protect them from sexually harmful behaviour 
  • The long-term effects of sibling sexual abuse
  • The difficulties faced by parents and primary caregivers when sibling abuse is disclosed 
  • How legitimising the abuse can facilitate recovery and healing
Location London
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 01 May 2020
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address Holiday Inn Kensington, Wrights Lane, Kensington, London W8 5SP
Cost
Amount £135
About
Organiser Nscience
Speaker Christiane Sanderson
CPD hours 5
Website https://www.nscience.uk/product/the-hidden-nature-of-sibling-sexual-abuse-when-sexually-harmful-behaviour-masquerades-as-consensual-sexual-experimentation/
Contact No. 020 7096 1722
Email cpd@nscience.co.uk
Keywords Counselling, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Sexual Abuse
Regions Greater London

 

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