This report examines factors associated with child sexual abuse perpetration and what it can tell us about prevention strategies.

The report considers the specific dynamics of child sexual abuse and their implications in prevention and early intervention, especially through:

  • identifying the risk factors and facilitators associated with various forms of perpetration
  • mapping current prevention, early intervention and therapeutic responses
  • assessing key points of prevention and intervention in light of the identified risk factors and facilitators of child sexual abuse.

Research findings suggest that there are two broad directions that can be further developed in prevention:

  • an integrated prevention framework based on a public health approach
  • increase in the focus of "upstream" risk factors to address underlying determinants of sexual abuse at a population level.
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