The royal commission has presented a socially and historically contextualised understanding of child sexual abuse.
By placing institutional abuse within its larger context, the royal commission has made the prevention and identification of child sex offending a collective responsibility.
Leaders are responsible for the culture and specific practices of their organisation, and they can do much to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.
'Suitability' checks in organisations are important but have limitations in screening out child sex offenders. Leaders need to change how they approach the issue.
New laws are needed to keep up with the growing problem of imported child sex dolls and robots.
Anthony Foster famously took on Cardinal George Pell on a number of occasions.
Anthony Foster's attention to detail and his clarity about the evil perpetrated in the systematic institutional abuse of children was often the object of media analysis.
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All sexual offenders should be investigated and prosecuted equally.
What goes through the mind of abusers?
It's time to stop blaming the system and focus on why and how children are sexually abused.
Finding out the answer has not been a priority for the world of sport.
Ivor Frank, Alexis Jay and Drusilla Sharpling testify to the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Alexis Jay seems to realise failure is not an option – but she needs to bail out what looks like a sinking ship.
New research offers valuable insights into the linguistic strategies used to groom child victims.
Jock culture has often stopped people talking about abuse.
Women in Rotherham: coming to terms with what has happened.
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In a town still reeling, writing is helping to empower women.
George Pell’s evidence, which implied that children’s complaints of abuse were widely disbelieved ‘back then’, overlooks the long history of successful prosecutions.
George Pell told the royal commission into child sex abuse the Catholic Church was predisposed not to believe children's complaints. But, when abuse was reported, police and the courts believed them.
Not all paedophiles act on their attraction.
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The sexual abuse of children is, understandably, a key concern for the public. But misperceptions about those who perpetrate it abound in public debate.
Under a pall.
Ever since the Jimmy Savile affair, the police have been investigating historical child abuse on an unprecedented scale.
Former prime minister, Edward Heath.
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The former PM is by far the biggest name to get caught up in the paedophile inquiry.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are under the spotlight at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not report child abuse to authorities. Instead, they convene an in-house judicial committee, which is fraught with difficulty because they rely on a "two-witness rule".
The many people who are mourning the loss of Phil Walsh should also reflect on what we as a society can do to help families avoid such tragedies.
The killing of Phil Walsh is a tragedy for his family and the football community. It should also lead us to question whether we do enough to support families before the issues they face spiral out of control.
Savile on stage.
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The cast have made a personal and emotional sacrifice in entering into the nightmare world of Jimmy Savile. And for that, they deserve our respect and praise.
Broadcaster Derryn Hinch is a prominent campaigner for US-style sex offender registries, but it is important to be aware of their limitations.
Western Australia was the first state in the nation to allow public access to a sex offender register online. The public needs to understand how it works to avoid a false sense of security.
Children who undertook school-based sexual abuse prevention programs were more likely to know where to turn if they were harmed.
A Cochrane review found school-based child sexual abuse prevention programs were moderately effective in arming children with knowledge and skills that may decrease the likelihood that they will be harmed.