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. Typically such scenarios involve older juveniles who use their age, physical strength, or positions of status or authority, to engage children who are younger or with developmental disabilities in sexual activity. Child-on-child sexual abuse also includes a wide range of other harmful sexual behaviors such as peeping, exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, sexual harassment (including cyber-based), fondling, etc., and may occur between young children.


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 Symposium on October 9, 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.


October 9, 2018 Symposium at the Catholic University of America

Out of the Shadows: Confronting the Rise of Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Catholic University
Pryzbyla Center, 3rd Floor
620 Michigan AVE NE
Washington DC 20064


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