Media sex imagery ‘harming children’

The Age (Australia) April 29, 2007
Two in every five children treated for problem sexual behaviour have no history of sexual abuse and experts believe they know why. Problem sexual behaviour, affecting children as young as six, ranges from penetration of other children to genital exposure and public masturbation.According to the Australian Childhood Foundation chief executive, Joe Tucci, it has long been accepted that children who abused were most often abused themselves. But research has shown that many children with problem sexual behaviour had no history of abuse and appeared to be influenced by sexual imagery in the media. And the proportion of affected children was rising.