Boys and CSA prevention: Issues surrounding gender and approaches for prevention

Scholes, Laura, Jones, Christian, & Nagel, Michael (2014) Boys and CSA prevention: Issues surrounding gender and approaches for prevention. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(11), Article 1.

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Freda Briggs (2007), a leader in the field of child protection in Australia continues to raise concerns about the vulnerability and victimisation of boys that she believes is substantially under-recognised. She argues that boys have not been well supported by child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention programs with child protection curriculum not yet developed to meet the special needs of boys. Briggs (2007) advocates for school-based child protection programs that address issues relevant for boys. This paper responds to these concerns and explores some of the complexities inherent in issues associated with boys and CSA including boys’ perceptions of abuse, their tendency to under-report the incidence and perceptions of prevention programs as not relevant. The paper also considers some of the barriers to effectively engaging boys in prevention programs while proposing games-based CSA prevention offers a contemporary mode of delivering key messages to address the needs of both boys and girls.

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ID Code: 99527
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n11.1
ISSN: 1835-517X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The authors
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2016 22:38
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 04:06

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