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B4: What is sexual abuse? Identifying Sexually Abusive and Harmful Behaviors in all Youth

Youth are rapidly changing, growing, and maturing. Through those changes youth are learning how to navigate their home, school, and community environments while exploring sexual behaviors for the youth and family when the complications of victimization occurs. Sexual behaviors can be misinterpreted as abusive or harmful when development, context, and perceptions are not appropriately assessed. In this workshop we will discuss how to identify sexually harmful/abusive behaviors, basic safety planning when harmful sexual behaviors have been identified, and resources for support.

Approved by DCS for Foster Care Parent Hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to identify age-appropriate sexual behaviors, concerning sexual behaviors and harmful sexual behaviors.
  • Participants will learn about basic safety planning and crisis safety planning if sexually harmful behaviors have been identified.
  • Resources to support caregivers, victims, and those who have caused sexual harm will be explored and identified.

Presenter Bios:

Amanda Pryor has over thirteen years of experience including psychosexual risk assessments, outpatient, and residential treatment. Her specialty is working with adolescent sexually maladaptive behavior. She is the Director and is credentialed with IN-AJSOP, Indiana’s Initiative to Advance the Treatment of Sexually Maladaptive Youth.

Megan Bullock has been working with sexually harmful/reactive youth, victims and their families for over 10 years. She has been involved in community based and residential services during her career and is currently working as the Manager for IN-AJSOP.



Amanda Pryor, MSW, LCSW & Megan Bullock, MS, LMHC