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Online Child Sexual Victimisation$
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Corinne May-Chahal and Emma Kelly

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447354505

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447354505.001.0001

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Sexual practices in childhood

Sexual practices in childhood

Chapter:
(p.55) Three Sexual practices in childhood
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Online Child Sexual Victimisation
Author(s):

Corinne May-Chahal

Emma Kelly

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447354505.003.0003

This chapter discusses how childhood sexuality has been researched in historical, clinical, and academic studies outside the rapid evidence assessment (REA). It finds that, first, recognition of childhood sexuality is evident in all three fields. Second, even when confronted by contradictory evidence, Sigmund Freud's theory retains currency within which understanding of childhood (sexual) development is reported; acceptance of the latency of childhood sexuality (or asexuality) perpetuates a context for framing childhood as asexual. Actions such as imitations of adult sex, watching pornography, and concern about early puberty stray into the realms of the abnormal as a consequence. The chapter then examines some of the sexual practices engaged in by children mediated by the online environment. It considers consensual youth-involved sexual imagery online and the difficult task of distinguishing between normative sexual exploration, ‘sexting’, and online child sexual victimisation (OCSV).

Keywords:   childhood sexuality, online child abuse, childhood sexual development, pornography, early puberty, child sexual practices, youth-involved sexual imagery, sexual exploration, sexting, child sexual victimisation

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