Announcing the “Out of the Shadows: Confronting the Rise of Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior” National Symposium

The crime of child sexual abuse is sadly a familiar one to the American public. However, one category of child sexual abuse has largely escaped the public’s attention: child-on-child sexual abuse.

There is growing concern among parents, educators, and child safety experts regarding children who sexually abuse other children. This concern is growing as more youth are exposed to sexually explicit media and in turn sometimes act out what they have seen on other kids. The reports we have received of just this in the last few years are staggering.

To help equip parents, educators, school administrators, and policymakers to address the challenges posed by these harmful sexual behaviors, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is hosting a National Symposium on October 9-10, 2018, “Out of the Shadows: Confronting the Rise of Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior.”

This symposium is being held in collaboration with the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America and Protect Young Minds.

This convening will bring together leading experts, victim advocates, and practitioners who will share research and policy recommendations for improving ways of addressing child-on-child sexual abuse when it occurs and for prevention. Please join us as we seek to bring this issue out of the shadows and into mainstream conversations about sexual violence prevention and child protection.

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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