The challenge of protecting boys from sexual abuse
Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs AO, Child Development, University of South Australia, Magill Campus
Presented at: Improving community safety : lessons from the country and the city, Australian Institute of Crimonology, Townsville, 18-19 October 2007
It is widely believed that one in three Australian girls and one in from five to ten boys are sexually abused before they leave school. Using Australian and international research findings, this paper will show that the vulnerability and victimization of boys is substantially under-recognised and under-reported, that boys have been disadvantaged by child sexual abuse being regarded as a feminist issue and that child protection curriculum has not yet been developed to meet the special needs of boys.