922: Sexual Abuse Language: What Did My Foster Child Say? Learning Objectives Define sexual abuse Identify age appropriate sexual behavior Recognizing terms used for sexual body parts Describe how to create a safe space
Identify appropriate interventions for sexually reactive children 2 Agenda 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Brief Introductions and Workshop Overview Definition of Sexual Abuse What is Age Appropriate Sexual Behavior? Recognizing Sexual Language Creating a Safe Space Scenarios Activity Transfer of Learning and Evaluation 3 What Constitutes Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse is any contact or interaction (physical, visual, verbal or psychological) between a child/adolescent and an adult
when the child/adolescent is being used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or any other person. 4 Who Commits Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse may be committed by a person under the age of eighteen when that person is either significantly older than the victim or when the abuser is in a position of power or control over the victimized child/adolescent. When sexual abuse is perpetrated by an adult or older child who is
a blood or legal relative, this is incest. 5 Child Sexual Behaviors: What is Normal? Overview Appropriate and Inappropriate Childhood Sexuality Sexually Reactive Children Inappropriate Sexual Exposure Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors Signs of Sexual Disturbance
6 Common Sexual Development Behaviors in Childhood Infancy Explores own body, including genitals; Spontaneous, reflexive sexual response (erection, lubrication); Enjoys touch from caregivers; and/or Enjoys nudity. 7
Common Sexual Development Behaviors in Childhood (cont.) Age 2-5 years Occasional masturbation; Soothing or relaxation rather than arousal/ sexual pleasure focus. Consensual exploration of same age playmates' bodies in a playful, curiosity-focused manner; e.g. playing doctor. Enjoys nudity; and/or Uses slang terms for bodily functions.
8 Common Sexual Development Behaviors in Childhood (cont.) Age 5-8 years Curiosity-based sex play with same and opposite sex friends; Occasional masturbation. For some children at this age, masturbation may begin to take on a pleasure oriented rather than relaxation focus; and/or Use of slang words to describe body parts and
sexuality. 9 Common Sexual Development Behaviors in Childhood (cont.) Age 9-12 years Dating; Physical intimacy; Kissing, petting. Masturbation; Preoccupation with sexuality; Frequently makes references to sexuality.
Interest in sexual media. 10 Sexual Language Breasts Penis Butt
Testicles Vagina 11 Creating a Safe Place Remember, the person who abuses a child is to blame for the abuse, not the child! Always know the people who care for your children, including names, phone numbers and addresses. Be actively involved, carefully supervising your childs activities. Be sensitive to changes in your childs behavior
or attitude, paying close attention to your intuition indicating that something isnt quite right. You know your children best. This includes foster children. 12 Creating a Safe Place (cont.) Teach your child to listen to his or her intuition or gut feeling and communicate it to you. When your child tells you they do not like someone, ask them to tell you why and listen carefully. Teach your child that its okay to tell, no matter who, no
matter what! Talk about safety and sex with your child. Supervise and establish clear rules and guidelines for your childs computer use. Educate yourself (read, listen and ask). Be aware of playful touch such as play fighting and tickling. Keep adult sexuality private. 13 What would you do if? Its a Saturday afternoon and you notice that two of your children, James and Kevin, both age 6, are not to be found. You wander upstairs and find
the door to their bedroom is closed. When you open the door and enter the room, you find the boys half dressed, on the floor, talking and pointing at each others genital area. What do you do? 14 What would you do if? (cont.) You have been a resource parent for many years and have also been the parent to birth children. Your oldest birth son, TJ, age 19, is home on a break from college. You notice that your newest foster daughter, Aliah, age
8, has become quite interested in TJ. She tries repeatedly to sit on his lap. She is constantly making efforts to touch him and tickle him. Finally, you hear TJ say to her Hey, stop that- dont touch me there. You enter the room where they are watching TV and find TJ sitting on the couch looking frustrated and annoyed and Aliah standing nearby, looking dejected. What do you do? 15 What would you do if? (cont.) One evening you are engaged in the usual bedtime and bath time routine with your family
and your foster daughter Tonya, age 5, is in the bathtub. As you help her rinse off her hair and get washed up, she says My Uncle Johnny used to touch me down there, in my Susie, as she points to her genital area. What do you do? 16 Behavior Changes Fear or dislike of certain people or places Seductive or "sexy" behavior towards adults or peers Problems in school, poor grades Withdrawal from family, friends, or usual activities
Advanced sexual knowledge for the child's age Regressed behavior, such as bedwetting Eating disorders, eating very little or excessive eating Hostility or aggressive behaviors Drug or alcohol problems Suicidal thoughts or attempts 17 Children Dont Tell Because They Are too young to put what has happened into words Were threatened or bribed by the abuser to keep the abuse a secret
Fear that they will be taken away from their family Are afraid no one will believe them The abuser promised gifts or rewards for keeping the secret Blame themselves or believe the abuse is punishment for being "bad" Feel too ashamed or embarrassed to tell Worry about getting into trouble or getting a loved one into trouble 18 Transfer Of Learning
What will you take back home or to work with you? 19
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