Journal Club

Journal Special Issue - Global Insights on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys


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Focus of this Training

This free, 90-minute virtual session will highlight our desire to showcase Global South and practitioners' perspectives that have less voice in academic space. On June 27th 2023, a special issue of the International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect will be published entitled “Global Insights on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys”. The issue includes a global systematic scoping literature review featuring publications from 38 countries, along with four papers presenting new empirical data, a discussion article, and a commentary. The majority of the papers are focused on the sexual exploitation of boys in lower- and middle-income countries. The Special Issue is entirely open access through the generous support of the Oak Foundation. This support allows for engagement with the literature outside the usual global North settings. The ISPCAN webinar provides a further opportunity to disseminate this important collection of findings to a global audience of practitioners, researchers and child protection experts. During the session, five authors will present their papers followed by a panel discussion chaired by the guest editors, Ana-Maria Buller and Mark Kavenagh. Experience an interactive Q&A session with content experts.

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Journal Club Date:

June 27, 2023




Sexual Abuse of Boys
Exploitation of Boys
Content Summary-Special Issue Journal - Global Insights on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys
Presentation Slides - Global Insights on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys
Global Boys Initiative - ECPAT International
Child sexual exploitation: How we can support boy victims
CSA Prevention in boys: CIHR IHDCYH VideoTalks
Male Child Sexual Abuse and Resilience
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation and abuse of Males - Ena Lucia Mariaca Pacheco

Featured Journal Articles:

Full Open Access Special Issue Journal: Global Insights on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys
A Global Systematic Scoping Review of Literature on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys - Corinne Moss, Savannah Jordan Smith, Katherine Kim, Noella Noronha, Nicholas Hua, Mark Kavenagh & Christine Wekerle.
Enhancing a survivor-centred approach to healthcare provision in Afghanistan: Understanding and addressing the barriers faced by male victims/survivors of sexual violence -Julienne Corboz, Laura Pasquero, Charu Lata Hogg & Abdul Rasheed
Frontline support services for boys who have experienced child sexual exploitation: A thematic review of survey data from seven countries - Marie Nodzenski & Jarrett Davis
“She was willing to send me there”: Intrafamilial child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of boys - Ena Lucia Mariaca Pacheco, Andres Eduardo Buenaventura & Glenn Michael Miles
Sexual exploitation of children: Barriers for boys in accessing social supports for victimization -Mark Kavanagh, Nicolas Hua, Christina Wekerle
Which groups are most affected by sexual violence? A disaggregated analysis by sex, age, and HIV-status of adolescents living in South Africa -Nontokozo Langwenya, Elona Toska, Heidi Stöckl, Lucie Cluver

Learning Objectives:

Social and gender norms play a crucial role in understanding the sexual exploitation of boys. These norms shape societal attitudes and behaviors related to boys' vulnerability and the perpetration of exploitation.
Addressing the challenges of conducting social-psychological research in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is essential for gaining a comprehensive understanding of global issue of the sexual exploitation of boys.
Researching sexual exploitation with boys and gender-diverse young people requires sensitivity to their unique experiences. Their specific needs, vulnerabilities, and perspectives should be considered when conducting studies and interventions.
The growing body of global evidence on the sexual exploitation of boys can contribute to improving prevention efforts and response strategies. By prioritizing psychological safety and enhancing access to support services, interventions can be better tailored to meet the needs of victims and survivors.
Closing comments focused on ways the research in the special issue Journal is informing the continued work of the Global Boys Initiative by ECPAT International.

Presented By:

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Dr Mark Kavenagh
Director of Evident
Dr Mark Kavenagh is Director of Evident, a research consultancy based in Bangkok, Thailand that focuses on child online protection. Mark has done research and child protection programming in the Asia-Pacific region as far back as before Facebook. He is most proud of his work to design and lead the Disrupting Harm project – new vital evidence regarding online child sexual exploitation and abuse in 13 African and Southeast Asian countries. Most recently, Mark and Evident have supported ChildFund Australia to refresh their Swipe Safe online safety training program for children and parents in Vietnam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Indonesia.
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Dr Ana Maria Buller
Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Ana Maria Buller is asocial scientist specializing in qualitative and mixed methods research, impact evaluations, and systematic reviews. With 20 years of experience, her work focuses on critical issues like gender-based violence, masculinities, and the sexual exploitation of children. As the Director of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she leads a team dedicated to addressing these complex challenges globally. Her expertise spans Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the UK, and her research methodologies include randomized controlled trials, program evaluations, and feasibility studies. Dr. Buller also heads the LINEA project, working to combat sexual exploitation through understanding social norms.
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Dr. Christine Wekerle
Research Scientist
Dr. Christine Wekerle is a research scientist who has spent the last 30 years publishing in the areas of pediatric mental health, resilience, and well-being. She has worked with diverse populations: children, adolescents, Indigenous youth living on reserve, street-involved youth, substance treatment seeking adults, youth receiving services from child welfare, and former youth in care. Dr. Wekerle has developed prevention programming for adolescent dating violence and adolescent resilience. The most recent is the JoyPop app to support crafting daily resilience routing. She has a rights- and responsibility-lens with a focus on sex and gender-based analysis and contexts of adversity.
Ena Lucia Mariaca Pacheco MA
BRAVE Education for Trafficking Prevention (Canada)
Ena Lucia Mariaca Pacheco, MA, is a trauma-informed professional in human security, with a master’s specialization in male survivors of child sexual abuse and human trafficking for sexual exploitation. She has worked with the Government of Canada, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and lived-experts on research, policy writing, human rights advocacy work, and global projects focused on supporting victims and survivors. Ena Lucia is a trainer and speaker and has presented her research at international conferences, trained frontline professionals, and is published in the Child Abuse and Neglect Journal special edition on boys.
Dr Julienne Corboz
Independent Prevention Consultant
Dr Julienne Corboz is an independent consultant specializing in the prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV), with a focus on fragile and conflict-affected settings. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and has more than 20 years of experience supporting and leading research, evaluation and capacity building projects in various geographical settings, particularly in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region.
Marie Nodzenski , PhD
the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)
Marie Nodzenski is a PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). Her research seeks to identify the drivers of poor mental health in young male survivors of trafficking in the Mekong Region and explores how services accessed in post-trafficking settings respond to that evidence. Prior to joining LSHTM, Marie was a Research Associate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore) where she conducted research on regional health governance in ASEAN, with a focus on migrant workers’ health and access to care. Marie holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent (UK). She is currently based in Hong Kong SAR.
Nontokozo Langwenya (eSwatini)
Co-Investigator for the HEY BABY Study
Nontokozo Langwenya (eSwatini) is a co-Investigator for the HEY BABY study and DPhil Student at the University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy, and Intervention. Her research interest includes women’s reproductive health and HIV and Sexual Violence prevention among children and adolescents. Together with the research from University of Cape Town and Oxford, she contributes in the conceptualization and management of research projects in Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as collaborates with UNICEF ESARO on best evidence to best support the lives of young people in the region.
Francesco Cecon
ECPAT International
Francesco Cecon is the Head of the Global Boys Initiative at ECPAT International and leads the programme design and implementation with members and partners since May 2022. Previously, he worked for several years with Save the Children as a Child Protection Advisor across West Africa, Europe and Central America in both development and humanitarian contexts, focusing on case management services for child survivors of sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking, along with child-centred psychosocial support interventions. Francesco holds a Master’s degree from the University of Warwick and speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Contributing Partners:

Evident - Data -driven NGO programming
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect