The First International Online Conference on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention was held on Thursday 11 March, 2010, 9am - 4pm Australian EDT.

THANK YOU to everyone who made the conference a success - the presenters, participants, technical support people, and organizers.

To listen to recordings, please go to the agenda page and click on the links to the sessions you would like to listen to.

Topics addressed the categories of primary prevention, secondary prevention, tertiary prevention, and new technology (see definitions at the bottom of this page).


Any questions about the conference, please contact Georgia Babatsikos from Deakin University at or mobile (within Australia 0425763112 or outside of Australia 61-0425763112) or Kathy Prentice from Phoenix House at or (07) 4153-4299 within Australia (61-7-4153-4299 outside of Australia).


Primary prevention activities are directed at the general population and attempt to stop sexual abuse before it occurs. All members of the community have access to and may benefit from such activities. Primary prevention activities with a universal focus seek to raise the awareness of the general public, service providers, and decision-makers about the scope and problems associated with child sexual abuse. For example, public awareness campaigns that provide information on how and where to report suspected child sexual abuse
Secondary prevention activities target individuals and groups who exhibit early signs of perpetrating sexually abusive behaviours, or might be at risk of being subject to sexual violence. They can be aimed at changing behaviours or increasing the skills of individuals and groups. For example, a counselling programme for young people with problematic sexual behaviours.
Tertiary prevention activities focus on supporting individuals and families where sexual abuse has already occurred, and they seek to reduce the negative consequences of the abuse and to prevent its recurrence. Tertiary prevention also targets those people who perpetrate sexual abuse, in order to prevent re-offending and further victimisation. An example of a tertiary activity would be a therapeutic counseling program.
New Technology
These are interventions which utilize some form of technological communication which is cutting edge but at the same time has been in the testing process and shown to have worked. This could include online activities, or any other form of innovative strategy being trialled to deliver child sexual abuse prevention services, including the utilization of existing networks and technologies e.g. Internet, SMS, chat, social networking, etc.

*Note: Definitions of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention were provided by the Australian Institute of Families website,

PAGE LAST UPDATED March 3, 2010 by Georgia Babatsikos, Deakin University.