March 2019

Coming Soon! New Family Development Series

Logo for Sexualized Behavior in Children and Youth seriesIt is estimated that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday[1]. Most perpetrators of child sexual abuse are often family members or close friends of the family. However, one interesting statistic is that  one third of child sexual abuse cases are perpetrated by children under the age of 18, categorized as a child-on-child sexual abuse[2].

Child sexual abuse can be a very tough topic to discuss. However, it is very important when preparing families and professionals with strategies to keep kids safe and thriving during childhood and youth.  According to the CDC [3] it is imperative to recognize the prevalence of child sexual abuse and its consequences, which can lead to many issues later in life like drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, suicide, and other issues highlighted in the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) research. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network [4] also stresses that whether this abuse is perpetrated by an adult or another child or teen, we must be aware of the trauma, both immediate and long-term, that can bubble to the surface disguised as unfavorable social and emotional reactions.

We are excited to announce an upcoming series launching Spring 2019 from the Family Development concentration area!

Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth

Join us May 22, 2019 for a free webinar on this very important topic. “Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth” will be facilitated by Dr. Shelley Martin, a child abuse pediatrician and US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Martin provides consultation in cases of child maltreatment, child abuse, and neglect to all branches of the Armed Services. To RSVP for this webinar please visit our event page.

Throughout this webinar and series you will discover the answer to the following questions:

  • What are normal sexualized behaviors in children and youth?
  • How do we determine types of behaviors that are concerning or problematic?
  • How are children and families affected by concerning sexualized behavior?

Also included in this series are various Anchored podcast episodes!

We are thrilled to have Dr. Gregory Leskin of the UCLA National Center for Child Trauma and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Military and Veteran Families Director as one of our guests focusing on helpful information for both parents and professionals working with children.

Be sure to bookmark our “Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth” series homepage as we will continue to update it with podcast episodes and additional resources as they become available.



  1. Townsend, C., & Rheingold, A.A., (2013). Estimating a child sexual abuse prevalence rate for practitioners: studies. Charleston, S.C.,Darkness to Light. Retrieved from:
  2. Finklehor, D., & Shattuck, A. (2012). “Characteristics of Crimes Against Juveniles.” Crimes Against Children Research Center. Retrieved from:
  3. Center for Disease Control (2016). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Retrieved from:
  4. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2019). Effects of Child Sexual Abuse. Retrieved from:

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