Many public health professionals have declared the impact of pornography as a national health crisis; with nearly half of children between the ages of 9-16 frequently viewing sexual images. Pornography use can shape sexual behaviour and is known to increase tolerance of sexual violence and violence against women. The best approach for responding to exposure to and compulsion towards pornography, is to encourage open communication, discussion and critical thinking. Those who wish to challenge the impact of pornography are less likely to be daunted by this task if they are informed and take an active role in the digital world.
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- Clinicians & support staff working with adults, young people or children
- Parents, carers & friends of vulnerable adults, young people or children
- 1-3 hours
- Can be incorporated into custom training packages
Online Pornography is a growing issue; the average age of exposure is 9 years old, and 64% of people aged between 13 and 24, are actively seeking out pornography at least once a week or more often. Pornography has been linked to an increase in tolerated sexual harm perpetrated against women, and is quickly becoming Australian young people’s main source of sexuality education.
SASS training is dynamic, engaging and tailored to the specific audience.
SASS offers specialised professional training to empower participants with knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the issue of pornography
- Identify how pornography impacts the individual, family and community
- Recognise pornography compulsion
- Understand the socio-cultural landscape that compounds associated risk factors
- Raise and explore the topic of pornography with a client, student or child
- Access resources
Participant quote, 2019: “I feel more empowered to ask my clients questions about pornography, whereas I really only worked with it when clients raised the issue themselves previously.”