Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults occur in those aged 17 and under. Licensed mental health professionals, medical personnel, and ministry leaders are only beginning to understand the significant mental health impact of experiencing sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault, such as increased risk of mental health issues like anxiety and depression in victims. In addition to PTSD symptoms, studies also show those who experience sexual violence are at increased risk for physical health issues, self-harm, and problems with academic performance. Even more concerning is research indicating that as many as 85% of child abuse victims never report their abuse. This workshop addresses the problem of sexual violence in youth as well as how to engage a potential victim with an assessment and treatment options to suggest or engage in for the most significant mental health issues that can occur. Prevention and crisis response services are reviewed, and the critical issues of reporting policies for all institutions will be addressed.
1. Review the current definitions, statistics, and demographics for sexual violence in children, youth, and young adults.
2. Develop critical skills for prevention, warning signs, assessment, and early intervention.
3. Examine the research on both short-term and potential long-term impacts of sexual violence with an emphasis on the difference appropriate and early intervention can make.
4. Discuss recommended treatment protocols for sexual trauma for different age groups.