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What Every Parent Needs To Know About Sibling Sexual Abuse
The First International #SiblingsToo Day
Sibling sexual abuse (SSA) is thought to be the most common type of sexual abuse within a family. It is at least 3 times more prevalent than parent-to-child abuse and happens in communities everywhere. It knows no boundaries of race, gender, socioeconomic status, culture, or country.
And its impact kills - family relationships, childhood innocence, hopes for the future - and sometimes the kids themselves, from substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicide.
Yet, society doesn't want to talk about it.
But we must. And so for the first time ever on a global scale, we are.
Saturday, 15 April 2023
Event #1 - 2:00 pm local in Auckland, NZ
(12noon in Melbourne, 10am in Perth)
Event #2 - 2:00 pm local in London, UK
(3pm in Paris, 4pm in Tel Aviv, 6:30pm in Pune, India)
Event #3 - 2:00 pm local in Toronto, Canada
(3pm in Sao Paulo, 11am in San Diego, 8am in Honolulu)
The #SiblingsToo Day on April 15 is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. You'll hear from professionals, academics, practitioners, and lived experience experts, all sharing their knowledge so you can prevent SSA from happening in your family (or responding appropriately if it has or does).
Join Nancy Morris and her regional guest for a 30-minute live overview of the library of pre-recorded conversations. You'll then get the link to all the content for your 24/7 access. Plus, you'll receive a comprehensive resources pack that dives deeper into important information, shares websites, and other tools parents need.
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Webinar Speakers and Topics
Section 1 - What is SSA and how is it different from other forms of child sexual abuse
Section 2 - Busting myths and misinformation of SSA
Section 3 - Current obstacles and opportunities in society
Section 4 - Prevention, signs to watch for, and what to do if your child discloses SSA
Section 5 - Regional resources for parents, families, and those affected by SSA
Section 6 - Next steps you can take today
SSA can be confusing - its definition is grey and parents often get it confused with normal, healthy childhood sexual curiosity. SSA is also considered the "last taboo" of sexual abuse within the family as it is hard to think of children sexually harming other children, let alone their own sibling. Hear from Stephen Barry (UK), Anat Talmon (Israel), and Kieran McCartan (UK), leading professionals and academics in SSA.
There is no doubt that being the parent of both the person harmed and the one causing harm can be extremely difficult. But there are a lot of misinformation and myths that can cause parents to simply reject the idea of SSA out of hand, simply because accepting it could happen might mean accepting the person causing harm is in some way deviant or dysfunctional. This is not the case and you will hear from two leading experts in the field - Brad Watts (USA) and Spencer Bailey (UK), both of whom are specialist social workers with years of experience working with those who cause harm and their family.
Covering three different regions of the world (Australasia, UK/Europe, and the Americas), we will be discussing some of the current blocks that are getting in the way of parents having a better understanding of SSA. We will also explore new opportunities coming from not only academia but from lived experience experts taking a leading role in driving change. Throughout the event, you'll hear the lived experience perspective from Nancy Morris (Canada), Jane Epstein (USA), Carole Brooks (UK), Gloria Masters (NZ), Maria Socolof (USA), and Phil Goldstein (USA). Get insights from researchers and practitioners such as Nusrat Khan (India), Paula Lobos Sucarrat (Chile), Russ Pratt (Australia), Tanith McCulloch (UK), and Dale Tolliday (Australia).
Learn several ways you can prevent SSA from happening in your family, some of the signs to watch out for, and (if SSA happens) ways you can handle disclosure by the person harmed or the one causing the harm. Plus, you'll also gain a deeper understanding of the importance of family dynamics, not only in preventing SSA but in managing it should it occur. Hear from professionals and experts Tanith McCulloch (UK), Stuart Allardyce (UK), Jenny Coleman (USA), and Georgia Naldrett (Australia).
All event registrants will receive a full pack with information, resources, and a recap of key points from the discussions. International and regional links and websites will be listed as will many of our speakers and experts. You will also receive a checklist you can use today to help determine what considerations you might need to take in your own family.
So you've participated in the event - now what? Our hope is you will walk away from this learning opportunity feeling encouraged to continue your journey of understanding. SSA could be affecting as many as 1 in 5 families globally. For example, adult survivors number in the tens of millions. Given the personal impacts of SSA on both the person harmed and the one causing the harm can be lifelong, the more society as a whole is willing to break the silence and stigma of SSA, the more likely it is we can prevent it from happening and, when needed, provide support to all if it does.