Archbishop of Granada Francisco Javier Martinez and priests prostrate in front of the altar to seek pardon for sexual abuse in the Church at the cathedral in Granada, southern Spain, Nov. 23, 2014.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church requires nearly absolute obedience. This makes it difficult to speak up against superiors. And by the same token, superiors too can protect offending priests.
A new model for trauma-informed schools can help teachers support children who have experienced war, terror, and maltreatment.
A new model shows how the Canadian school system can play a healing role - for children traumatized by war, displacement and abuse.
A stable, supportive family is key to preventing childhood trauma.
Childhood trauma from abuse, neglect and even divorce increases the risk for physical, mental and developmental problems. To prevent the poisonous consequences, safety and stability are essential.
Courtroom decisions are more like a game of chance than you may think.
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We live in a probabilistic world. The courts need to catch up – and start training juries in statistics.
What drives a child to commit sexual abuse?
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.
Will Mike Baird be the premier to stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse and neglect of children in care?
The NSW government's latest promised solution to well-documented abuse in the out-of-home care system is, in fact, a re-run of promises made by the Carr government more than a decade ago.
Former carer Natalie Ottini shared her experiences of working in residential group homes on the ABC’s Four Corners program.
We have decades of evidence showing the widespread abuse and neglect suffered by children in the out-of-home care system. The agencies responsible for allowing the abuse have little to fear.
Policies and services designed to protect Aboriginal children’s cultural connections are not being properly implemented.
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New reports show a widespread lack of care for the cultural needs of many of the 19,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care.
ChildLine launched in 1986.
Last year, ChildLine was contacted every 30 minutes by a young person having suicidal thoughts.
Journalists with the skills to dig into social media can discover connections between key players in complex, often global stories.
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From a social media post that cracked open a decades-old abuse scandal in the UK and Australia, through to tracking asylum seekers, social media can be vital in breaking investigative news stories.
Alexis Jay has a new strategy.
The investigation has been criticised for being too closely linked to the establishment, but is it also too close to the victims of abuse?
Children’s access to education in Nauru has declined following the acknowledgement of their refugee status.
An implementation gap means Australian courts cannot directly enforce children's rights as protected in international law.
The research data is mixed and flawed.
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A popular misconception is that most child sex offenders were once victims themselves.
Research shows a link between violence against children and their subsequent criminality.
Reducing stubbornly high levels of violence can be achieved if there is a focus on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home.
A doll lies in the ghost town of Pripyat, abandoned since the nearby Chernobyl power plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown in 1986.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has documented heart-rending testimonies and elicited shattering revelations. But how does a society witness itself failing at its most fundamental duty?
No-one ever told a victim of identity fraud that they should never have stored their money electronically in the first place.
Telling girls and young women to 'be careful what images you share' contributes to the shaming and humiliation of victims by placing the responsibility back onto them for their own humiliation.
Peter Dutton dismissed many of the ‘Nauru files’, including those documenting sexual assault, as ‘false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia’.
Peter Dutton’s comments reinforced historically ingrained ideas about sexual assault victims as being 'unreliable' or 'untrustworthy'.
What are Australia’s international obligations in relation to its offshore processing centres?
Leaked incident reports from the Nauru detention centre affirm what has been known for a long time: detention is no place for children, and we need alternatives to offshore processing.
The forthcoming royal commission should bring recommendations that could improve the future treatment of young people in juvenile detention.
The abuse at Don Dale detention centre has been known for some time, but nothing has been done about it.