The effects of Child Sexual Abuse

23 September 2010

Dr Rita Shackel presents her recent research into the effects of Child Sexual Abuse at two forthcoming presentations at the University of Sydney.

"Children respond to sexual abuse in a wide range of diverse ways," Dr Shackel says.

"Much research has been conducted on the short and long term effects of child sexual abuse mostly grounded in the findings of clinical studies.

"The voice of child victims about the impact of such abuse is often absent from such research.

"I have recently undertaken detailed analysis of a sample of Victim Impact Statements that provide a rare insight into how children describe the effects of such abuse.

"A particular point for discussion is how children's description of the impact of child sexual abuse compares to the findings of clinical and psychological research.

"Children describe an array of effects but one issue of particular interest is the impact of sexual abuse on children's sexual development."

The first presentation is by the University of Sydney Sex Researchers Team including Dr Rita Shackel, which takes place at the Sydney Law School, Moot Board Room, Level 1 on Tuesday, 28th September 2010 from 1pm until 2pm.

Dr Shackel willalso present her research at the Australian Societyof Sex Educators Researchs and Therapits National (ASSERT) NSW & University of Sydney Conference.


Education Lecture Theatre 351,

University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus, Parramatta Road, Sydney

"Too much, too little and different: The sexual possibilities of the new millennium"

This is a plenary session, Saturday 30 October from 11.00-11.45am.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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