The Australian Crime Commission's National Indigenous Intelligence Task Force has reported the rising cases of children forcing other children into sexual acts and called for more therapeutic services for kids who exhibit sexually abusive behaviour.
ACC research fellow Wendy O'Brien found in an 18-month study of authorities' response to the problem that a culture of confusion, denial and non-disclosure among child protection workers failed to address the increasingly sexualised and sexually abusive behaviour in children.
The ACC report also revealed that childcare workers have trouble responding to sexualised behaviour in very young children.
With only one therapeutic residential unit in the country, O'Brien recommended the promotion of awareness to the seriousness of sexualised and sexually aggressive behaviours in children. She also called for an expansion of therapeutic services in every state.