This edition of the VAWnet E-newsletter highlights new documents on VAWnet with useful information related to children and youth. New materials addressing systems advocacy, research, services, risk assessment, prevention and cultural intersections are featured.
VAWnet E-Newsletter: Focus on the Impact of Domestic and Sexual Violence on Children

This report from ECPAT International “is intended to provide a framework for promoting recognition and understanding of the real risks of violence for children and young people in cyberspace and through the use of new technologies, in particular the internet and mobile phones."
Violence Against Children in Cyberspace

This is a guide for parents on what to do and how to respond if your child has been exploited through the internet. It offers information about warning signs as well as tips on how to prevent this from happening to your child.
What to Do If Your Child Is Being Sexually Exploited on the Internet

This Special Collection provides a unique perspective on working with children (younger than 13 years of age), focusing on theories and strategies for raising respectful, non-violent people. Resources included here discuss child development and how to utilize this knowledge when implementing primary prevention strategies that foster healthy attitudes and behaviors.
Working with Children Towards a Healthy and Non-Violent Future

The 2008 edition of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Report on Research on Rape and Violence, CALCASA's annual compendium of statistics and research on sexual assault and other forms of community violence is now available on our website for viewing and downloading.

Research on Rape and Violence

This guide is designed to help you better understand the mandated reporter statute and to outline appropriate actions you should take if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected.This guide includes information on:- The process for reporting suspected child maltreatment- The partnership with law enforcement, child protection and licensing agencies- Conditions of neglect and abuse that should be reported- Some behaviors and characteristics of children and families who may need help- Relevant state statutes.Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters

This report published by the Justice Policy Institute explores the negative impact that state compliance with the Adam Walsh Act will have on youth, communities, and states. Registering Harm: How Sex Offense Registries Fail Youth Communities

This plan was developed to prioritize prevention efforts in the state of Oregon and to "identify innovative, evidence-based, comprehensive sexual assault prevention initiatives" and offer directions to build upon these efforts.

Recommendations to Prevent Sexual Violence in Oregon: A Plan of Action

This short article discusses the importance of parents and other caregivers to understand what is "normal" sexual development and behavior in children and teenagers, and which behaviors might signal that a child is a victim of sexual abuse, or acting in a sexually aggressive manner towards others. The article also distinguishes between age appropriate and age inappropriate sexual behaviors.

Recognizing Healthy and Unhealthy Sexual Development in Children

The following article talks about the importance of parent-child communication and how parents who provide resources, express their feelings and values can raise youth who respect themselves and behave responsibly. Includes facts, resources and discusses growth and development at the different ages.

Raising Sexually Healthy Youth: Rights. Respect. Responsibility & Parent-Child Communication

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