Debates over whether priests should break the confessional seal if they hear reports of abuse in confession are largely symbolic.
Reporting child sexual abuse to police, and any subsequent investigation or trial, is a time of profound instability for victims and their families.
Clergy must abide by strict new rules governing their relationships.
The Anglican Church's new rules destroy the biblical principle of lay people as co-workers with the clergy.
Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in Fifty Shades Darker.
After Fifty Shades of Grey there was debate about its romanticisation of an abusive relationship. The sequel confirms that this wasn’t a misconception.
A doctor has been convicted of abusing vulnerable women in his care – because a court finally decided to listen to their stories.
The women were not supported through traumatic events.
I conducted interviews with 26 young women in alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria. More than half of them disclosed a history of sexual abuse and 20 spoke about cutting themselves.
Testimonies at the royal commission highlighted the age-old military tradition of initiation ceremonies and their place in building morale.
Military institutions and militarised cultures seek to generate a unity of people and purpose. Initiation rituals have been a historically stable strategy to achieve this.
It will take a whole-of-community effort to challenge child abuse material and prevent such sexual violence and abuse before it occurs.
The Victorian government will bring its laws up-to-date with new forms of exploitation and abuse of children and young people that are associated with communications technologies.
Child sex offenders don’t have horns and tails. For the most part, they look and act like you and me.
Some child sex offenders don’t even realise what they are doing is wrong; they genuinely believe they are showing the children "love".
Clergymen who conceal sex abuse offences are guilty of betraying the trust vested in them.
Church cover-ups are extremely serious. Child victims are especially vulnerable and often suffer long-term psychological harm.
The last census revealed that just over 60% of Australians identified as Christian, but only one in seven of those attended church regularly.
Church affiliation and attendance is on the wane in Australia – a trend that is unlikely to be reversed be the recent slew of sex abuse scandals.
George Pell gave four days of evidence to the royal commission via video link from Rome.
One of the most important lessons we have learnt from George Pell’s royal commission appearance is the Catholic Church was – and still is – in a state of denial over child sexual abuse.
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.
Outlining a redress framework for survivors was a priority for the royal commission.
The royal commission has made a convincing case for a national scheme for redress: it is more prudent in terms of economies of scale, and more fair and equitable to survivors.
Former Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick was found guilty of a charge of child sex abuse dating back to the 1980s.
Many factors are at play in enabling or constraining a child to speak directly about abuse and bringing that complaint to the attention of the authorities.
The term ‘child pornography’ is not only inaccurate, it is also potentially damaging.
The continued use by politicians and the media of the term “child pornography” minimises the offence's seriousness. They are online child abuse material.
Here goes nothing.
The pope has announced a tribunal to shine a light on clerical abuse – but the Catholic church is in an irretrievable moral bind.
The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been charged with concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s.
Philip Wilson, the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior clergyman in the world to face a charge of concealing sexual abuse in the church.
Child protection is everyone’s responsibility.
The recent string of major child sexual assault scandals, in Australia and other countries, can create a feeling of disgust and an urge to look away from an ugly reality. Yet we must confront and take…
The child sex abuse royal commission under Justice Peter McClellan has asked for more time and money to complete its investigation.
On Monday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its interim report, detailing for the first time the full scope and comprehensiveness of its inquiry into institutional…
The distinction between artists and their works is difficult to maintain.
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As Woody Allen celebrated winning the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award in a New York restaurant on January 14, his son Ronan Farrow responded with disgust, taking to Twitter to repeat the allegation…