Moderate Liberal Russell Broadbent, says mandatory sentencing interferes with separation of powers, and removes the option for judges to take particular circumstances of cases into account.
Last year, Pennsylvania’s grand jury report uncovered sexual abuse allegations by over 300 priests. A scholar explains how the report may have helped survivors come to terms with a painful past.
The public ought to be provided with a set of written reasons explaining why the court decided the suppression order was justified in the Pell trials.
The ethical implications of putting vigilantes on the front line in the battle against child sex abuse.
In the wake of new revelations about clergy sex abuse and cover-up in Pennsylvania, civil lawsuits brought by abuse victims may be the only effective way to hold Catholic church officials accountable.
The finding in the Newcastle Local Court will have huge implications for the Catholic church and other institutions worldwide.
Popes are not infallible, yet apologies are rare.
Young people in remote Aboriginal communities have high rates of STIs for a number of reasons, including inconsistent condom use and poor access to health services.
Australia's proposed redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse is more complex, bigger, and includes more sites than any other.
Employers like Michigan State play a critical role in protecting people – or not – from abuse by people on their payroll.
Psychologists don't know much about why people have age-based sexual attractions – such as pedophilia – or how best to help people not act on sexual interests in children.
The royal commission has performed its task with distinction – now it is up to governments and institutions to ensure those efforts are matched with a redress scheme.
There are some online child sex abuse offences in Australia for which a defendant’s claim that they were purely fantasising could excuse criminal liability.
In the wake of the #Metoo movement, and with the goal of transforming toxic masculinity into compassionate masculinity, we must create new spaces to listen to male victims of child abuse too.
The government's proposed redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse controversially excludes some victims.
A recent US study found one out of every five child sexual abuse cases validated by child protection had a female as the main offender of the abuse.
Reporting child sexual abuse to police, and any subsequent investigation or trial, is a time of profound instability for victims and their families.
328 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game, are currently involved in the inquiry.