Nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, Spotlight has won applause for its quiet outrage and strong cast featuring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo.
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As its final moments make clear, Spotlight is not just a movie about past wrongs in one US city. It's a story about too many people, in too many countries, including my home town of Newcastle.
Some UN peacekeepers stand accused of sexual offences against children in the Central African Republic. An overhaul of the UN’s peacekeeping operations is needed to tackle the problem.
A UN report has found that in half of 12 country studies done on child sexual exploitation during armed conflict, the arrival of peacekeeping troops resulted in a rapid rise in child prostitution.
The bouquet held by Bolshy Divas member Jackie Softly represents the people with disability whose accounts of violence and abuse the Senate inquiry heard in Perth, but these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Accountability for the violence and abuse that people with disability experience begins with recording the offences. In fact, we have long ignored crimes against vulnerable members of our community.
The number of child street hawkers is on the rise in Nigeria.
Children who hawk goods on their heads on Nigeria's streets face an array of health hazards and physical dangers. The government must take steps to reduce this practice.
Why should astronomy be different from any other field when it comes to sexual harassment?
The reaction has been swift since a high-profile astronomer's legacy of sexual harassment against his students was exposed.
There's an issue of impunity around sexual violence in conflict zones. Here's how science could help us solve it.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world.
South Africa’s violence against women ranks as one of the worst in the world. As much as 40-50% of women in the country have suffered intimate partner violence.
Under a pall.
Ever since the Jimmy Savile affair, the police have been investigating historical child abuse on an unprecedented scale.
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Sex ed curricula that tie premarital sex to shame are especially unhelpful, and even harmful, for youth who have been sexually abused.
A diagnostic label such as borderline personality disorder, with its stigma and propensity to invalidate the person’s suffering, clearly has many negative impacts.
Diagnostic labels usually describe symptoms, attempt to answer the question of what is wrong, and lead to a treatment plan. But "borderline personality disorder" fails on all three counts.
A woman holds up a poster as part of a protest against the the rape of women, children and babies. The protest followed the rape of nine-month-old Baby Tshepang in 2001.
A study examining why paedophiles sexually abuse young children highlights their own childhood adversities and socio-cultural factors as some of the reasons.
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.
Justice yet to be done?
Accusations of historical child abuse against the powerful are mounting. Is a trial by media about to kick into full gear?
In plain sight.
The report on Jimmy Savile's abuses in the NHS is eerily reminiscent of a 90-year-old case.
Loud and clear.
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In recent months, the UK has been gripped by cases of widespread organised child abuse – in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale and even Westminster. The police’s slow and incompetent reactions (and even complicity…
A mechanism of independent scrutiny – such as a royal commission – remains the best way forward for alleviating defence abuse.
As I was showering five or six senior [others] attacked me – they turned off the lights, tied my hands behind my back and proceeded to do things to me. I was held down whilst one of them put his penis…
Convicted sex offender and former Marist Brother Gregory Sutton (left) tries to hide his face while leaving a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse hearing.
I have seen firsthand how child sexual abuse is rife in every part of the Australian community – but only sometimes is that abuse reported in full colour. It probably won’t surprise you if I say that I’ve…
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…
Sporting codes need to maintain their stand opposing violence against women.
Male sports stars perpetrating violence against women is a phenomenon that, sadly, seems to cross both international and sporting borders. In the most recent high-profile case, NFL player Ray Rice was…
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