Peer to Peer Sexual Violence and Sexually Harmful Behaviour Video Recording of an evening seminar with Christiane Sanderson
It is estimated that one third of sexual abuse is perpetrated by children, with some as young as seven engaging in sexually harmful behaviour. Such peer to peer abuse is commonly seen in sexual harassment and sexual bullying, peer to peer sexual exploitation, and the use of sexual violence and rapes in gangs. Another, often unspoken and under-reported type of peer to peer abuse is sibling sexual abuse. This seminar will examine the nature and dynamics of peer to peer sexual abuse by children and young adults, with a specific focus on sibling sexual abuse, its impact and long-term effects. We will distinguish between typical age appropriate consensual sexual curiosity and sexual experimentation and atypical sexual behaviour which is non-consensual and sexually harmful. The aim is to enable therapists and practitioners to identify sexually abusive behaviour between siblings and help clients to differentiate this from consensual sexual play. The seminar will explore the role of grooming of both siblings and other family members and explain how abuse is normalised by being presented as consensual sexual exploration and experimentation. Strategies such as enticement through playing games that lead to sexually harmful behaviour and encouraging sexual activities with other children will be unpacked to provide a deeper understanding of sibling sexual abuse and how these make it harder for the survivor to identify their experiences as sexual abuse. In enabling survivors to identify their experience as sexually abusive they can begin to legitimise their abuse and understand how it has impacted them and begin the journey of recovery and healing. The seminar will specifically look at: The range of peer to peer sexual abuse The nature of sexually harmful behaviour in children The dynamics of sibling abuse The nature of typical age appropriate consensual sexual exploration between peers and siblings The nature of atypical non-consensual sexual behaviour between peers and siblings The role of grooming and ‘normalisation’ of sexually harmful behaviour The long-term effects of sibling abuse How legitimising the abuse can facilitate recovery and healing
About the speaker Christiane Sanderson is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with over 30 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, Towards Healing, Ireland, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield. She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths, Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends and Numbing the Pain: A pocket guide for professionals supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse and addiction for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee. About the Video Recording Total Run Time: 3 Hours approx. Qualifies for CPD: Yes Delivery method: recordings are sent on a memory stick, to your postal address, along with notes for the day Delivery time: 14 working days from date of order

Continuing professional development through seminars, workshops and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.