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The child sex abuse royal commission under Justice Peter McClellan has asked for more time and money to complete its investigation. The child sex abuse royal commission under Justice Peter McClellan has asked for more time and money to complete its investigation. AAP/Jeremy Piper

Report makes a compelling case to extend sex abuse royal commission

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. The distinction between artists and their works is difficult to maintain. Cardinal Spin/PR image

Does Woody Allen deserve the benefit of the doubt over sex abuse claims?

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…
Pope Benedict XVI open to prosecution after he steps down? Pope Benedict XVI open to prosecution after he steps down? EPA/Claudio Peri

Pope Benedict could face court over sex crimes in the church

Not a day goes by without further allegations of rape and sexual abuse being made against the Catholic Church. The vast majority of accusations relate to abuse perpetrated outside the Vatican’s walls…
Prime minister Julia Gillard met with victims and their families at Kirribilli House on Saturday. Prime minister Julia Gillard met with victims and their families at Kirribilli House on Saturday. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Royal commission has the power to bring justice to victims of sexual abuse

The terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, as announced by the prime minister on Friday, certainly seem to tick all the right boxes if survivors and…
Children rescued from child sex trafficking in Thailand in 2011. Children rescued from child sex trafficking in Thailand in 2011. AAP/The Grey Man

Fighting child sexual exploitation overseas and at home

Alarm was raised this week when it emerged that Bernard McGrath, a former Catholic brother sought in Australia over 252 child sex charges, was able to leave New Zealand for Sri Lanka ahead of an extradition…
Will help for victims of clergy abuse extend beyond the Royal Commission? Will help for victims of clergy abuse extend beyond the Royal Commission? AAP/Paul Miller

Royal Commission: abuse victims need to be helped, not just heard

There has been a great deal of focus on the role of a Royal Commission in delivering “justice” for victims of sexual abuse. Justice is a powerful, symbolic principle, and being listened to can be a moving…

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