Boys and CSA Prevention: Issues Surrounding Gender and Approaches for Prevention
Keywordschild protection; games based pedagogies; child protection education; boys' protection education.
Curriculum and Instruction
Teacher Education and Professional Development
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AbstractFreda 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.