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.
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Research has found a link between experiencing migraine headaches in adulthood and experiencing emotional abuse in childhood. So how strong is the link?
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".
It's old-fashioned, out of date and varies massively from school to school.
George Pell’s evidence, which implied that children’s complaints of abuse were widely disbelieved ‘back then’, overlooks the long history of successful prosecutions.
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.
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If you haven't seen Oscar winner Spotlight yet, go. It tells the true story of how decades of abuse in one city was finally uncovered - followed by revelations worldwide, including in my home town.
Forthcoming details from Janet Smith report have drawn predictable outrage but there's also a hidden agenda at play.
What are the long-term effects of spanking?
Senator Ted Cruz recently stated that he spanks his five-year-old daughter for lying. Spanking kids can cause tremendous damage to kids' mental health – even if it is an occasional light rap.
Children in the U.S. foster care system can languish for years.
When a child dies from neglect or maltreatment from parents, outraged observers demand at-risk kids be placed in foster care. But the US foster care system can pose risks for children, too.
The best Christmas gift you can give this year? Listening to someone who needs it – or helping those who help in a crisis.
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I have been ringing Lifeline since I was 12 years old. I'm now 47, and I still call Lifeline around every Christmas – but for better reasons than before.
Plans to take over failing children's services won't mitigate the impact of austerity.
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.
Some who survived abuse as children have waited a lifetime to be heard, and the royal commission has given people like John Ellis that opportunity.
The silencing of children has as long a history as child abuse itself. It is why we need royal commissions, books, and now a play: to allow children to tell us the truth of what was done to them.