Developing a Program to Prevent Harmful Sexual Behaviours for Children and Young People: Response to Consultation Paper
TasCOSS welcomes the development of a systematic response to harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people in Tasmania. The consultation paper is a strong contribution towards that end, with TasCOSS members pleased that it reflects issues that they have raised over the years.
Children and young people are most likely to experience unwelcome sexual behaviour from their peers. Australian studies suggest that 30-60% of experiences of child sexual abuse are carried out by children and young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours.2 The Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) estimates that these figures would hold for Tasmania, potentially at the higher end of the range, and that around one third of their existing child clients are presenting with harmful sexual behaviours.