Most child sex abuse happens within families, but we still cling on to the Victorian idea of paedophiles as outsiders.
For all offences in the higher courts, the proportion of Victorians sent to prison is actually higher than the national average.
An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences.
A number of egregious incest cases have been reported in Australia in recent years.
The once-taboo topics of domestic violence and institutional abuse are now front-page news, but repeated reports of incest have not registered in public awareness as evidence of a serious problem.
Lot and his daughters, by Hendrick Goltzius, 1616.
Has it really always been an absolute no no?
American singer Jerry Lee Lewis famously married his cousin.
The topic of consanguineous marriage raises both interest and unease in Western societies. For those who are wondering, that big word means “marrying your cousin”. But why would anyone want to marry a…