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Child sexual assault: protecting your child - myDr.com.au

Child sexual assault: how to help protect your child; signs of child sexual assault; and what to do if you suspect child sexual assault.

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Gender identity and mental health

Gender identity is typically developed very early in life. It’s about how you perceive your gender, how you show this to others, and how you want others to treat you.

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Teen Health - Health Topics - Sexuality

Sexuality is a combination of people's sex, their sexual feelings for others, their feelings about themselves as sexual beings, their sexual orientation and their sexual behaviour. Exploring and discovering your sexuality can be confusing, exciting, difficult and wonderful.

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Women and alcohol: Gender Impact Assessment - Women's Health Victoria

Women's Health Victoria, an independent health promotion agency working through a clearinghouse to provide health information, advocacy and capacity building

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Childhood sexuality

Find out what is considered to be normal behaviour in regards to masturbation, sexual curiosity, sex play, imitation and fantasy and when to seek professional advice.

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Recovering from sexual assault

Sexual assault happens to women and men of all ages and from all walks of life. You can be sexually assaulted in your home, at your workplace or on the street. A trusted friend, a close relative or a complete stranger can assault you. There is no such thing as a typical sexual assault.

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Sexual assault: health checks you should have - myDr.com.au

Although the risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from a sexual assault is fairly low, the only way to be certain you do not have an STI is to be tested.

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Teen Health - Health Topics - Surviving sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is a serious crime and can have many short and long term effects on a victim or survivor. The effects of sexual abuse are not the same for every person. People may feel a variety of emotions that depend on their own circumstances.

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Young Adult Health - Health Topics - Surviving sexual abuse (young women)

Sexual abuse is a serious crime and can have many short and long term effects on a victim/survivor. The effects of sexual abuse are not the same for every person, individuals may feel varied emotions that can depend on their own circumstances. The abuse may have happened a long time ago or be more recent.

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Sexual health services :: SA Health

Sexual health services available in South Australia. Includes clinics, helplines and links to useful resources

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