This presentation could be subtitled: Everything you should have learned in high school health class but probably didn’t. This workshop will offer an overview of psychosexual development, sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology and the physiology of human sexual response cycle with a focus on why this information must be integrated into sexual abuse prevention, investigation, and intervention. Specific emphasis will be on how a victim’s autonomic, genital response often entraps them into a continued cycle of abuse.
Participants will learn components of sexual and reproductive anatomy/ physiology, and how to incorporate into investigation, treatment and prevention work in sexual crimes against children
Participants will process the potential discomfort that can accompany discussing sexuality-related issues, focusing on how this can impact policy and practice
Participants will understand the autonomic nature of sexual arousal and response and why this concept is critical to understanding sexual abuse prevention, investigation and treatment