Recent research found that members of the public have four common explanations for paedophilia or child sexual abuse. But the reality is more complex, with multiple causes often at work.
How online child abusers are categorised is stopping the proper protection of victims.
There are considerable political and policy hurdles ahead if Australia is to move toward a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse.
The nature of sexual offending has changed, but can we better identify sexual groomers before abuse occurs?
Psychologists don't know much about why people have age-based sexual attractions – such as pedophilia – or how best to help people not act on sexual interests in children.
By placing institutional abuse within its larger context, the royal commission has made the prevention and identification of child sex offending a collective responsibility.
'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'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.
All sexual offenders should be investigated and prosecuted equally.
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.
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.
In a town still reeling, writing is helping to empower women.
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.
The sexual abuse of children is, understandably, a key concern for the public. But misperceptions about those who perpetrate it abound in public debate.
Ever since the Jimmy Savile affair, the police have been investigating historical child abuse on an unprecedented scale.
The former PM is by far the biggest name to get caught up in the paedophile inquiry.