(THE AGE) — Victorian children as young as five are being referred to specialist programs to address sexually abusive behaviour – and the number of minors exhibiting such behaviour is exploding.

The availability of pornography through portable devices drastically affects a child’s understanding of acceptable sexual behaviour, according to experts, and is being blamed for the rapid escalation in cases.

In 2010-11, there was funding for 237 places in 13 locations across the state in problem sexual behaviour programs provided by the Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA). But demand far outstripped funded places – the programs had 414 participants.

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