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Coming together with Elders and other community members helped survivors feel connected. It also gave them hope.

‘My mob is telling their story and it makes me feel good’: here’s what Aboriginal survivors of child sexual abuse told us they need

Many Aboriginal survivors of sexual abuse find mainstream counselling inappropriate. But there is a way to help them heal that respects a collective culture, with strong community ties.
Technology can help crime victims deal with the situation - but the best solution is to avoid people being victims in the first place. Shutterstock.com

Anti-rape devices may have their uses, but they don’t address the ultimate problem

The Rape-aXe 'female condom', anti-rape underwear and an anti-groping stamp are all now on the market. But they put the onus on women to protect themselves, rather than on men not to attack them.
Gay, bi and trans men experience unique harms from sexual abuse and often struggle to resolve their sexuality as a result. ArtOPhotos/Shutterstock.com

Sexual abuse against gay and bi men brings unique stigma and harm

Sexual abuse of gay and bisexual men often goes unreported and untreated, but the trauma remains. Two sexual abuse psychologists explain the unique harms that can occur.
Pope Francis recently made it mandatory for clergy to report sexual abuse to church superiors. AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

The Catholic Church is tightening rules on reporting sexual abuse – but not swearing off its legal privilege to keep secrets

Pope Francis is trying to address gaps in the regulatory processes of the Catholic Church. But clergy can still decide whether, and to what degree, to share information.
Anita Hill in Beverly Hills, California, Dec. 8, 2017. Willy Sanjuna/Invision/AP

The unique harm of sexual abuse in the black community

Sexual abuse has unique effects on people who are members of the same minority group, research suggests. An expert who has studied the issue in detail explains the added issue of cultural betrayal.

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