Young victims remain at risk because current laws are focused on concerns over immigration and the economy.
Child sexual abuse is rising but there is still ignorance around how to speak to and support children who are badly in need of help.
The royal commission’s work, and the testimony of survivors, has brought to light an issue that has been denied for far too long.
The royal commission has handed down its final report – now the real work begins.
The royal commission has performed its task with distinction – now it is up to governments and institutions to ensure those efforts are matched with a redress scheme.
The royal commission has presented a socially and historically contextualised understanding of child sexual abuse.
By placing institutional abuse within its larger context, the royal commission has made the prevention and identification of child sex offending a collective responsibility.
In light of the church’s catastrophic failures of care, documented in this report, its survival as a public institution is dependent on responding adequately to this historic commission.
The commission’s final report revealed the staggering scale and nature of abuse uncovered in Catholic institutions.
In this 2008 photo, Liam Gallagher of Oasis performs during a concert in Los Angeles. Noel is seen on the screen behind him. The brothers have a notoriously dysfunctional relationship. Could their father’s documented abuse of their mother explain the animosity?
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
The famous feuding Gallagher brothers of the rock band Oasis illustrate what research shows: Kids who grow up in homes where there is domestic violence often grow up to have troubled relationships.
Social workers are there to help, not to rip families apart.
Comparatively little is known about the crime of filicide.
Parents killing their children is uncommon, but there are some risk factors around the crime such as mental illness, previous abuse and domestic violence.
Repression is a defensive process where the mind forgets or places events, thoughts and memories we cannot acknowledge or bear elsewhere.
The debate about the nature of early trauma memories and their recovery isn’t new.
And yet it's still technically legal in the UK.
A computer generated ten-year-old girl called Sweetie, who was used by Dutch children’s rights group Terre Des Hommes during an online child sex sting.
AAP Image/Terre des Hommes Netherlands
It’s increasingly difficult to tell virtually-created images from those of real children.
Of the institutional categories employed by the royal commission, educational institutions were the second most represented.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has demonstrated how catastrophically some teachers have failed their duties - a pledge is one way to turn that around.
Snow White and other stories from Grimms’ Fairy Tales offer examples of abusive “childism” in children’s literature.
For centuries, most children’s books reinforced messages that children are unimportant, incompetent and powerless. Children need to shape up and adopt adults’ values. Children must change to fit into an…
Class and race have long played a role in the way victims of abuse are treated.
For over a century, British authorities have ignored the exploitation of working-class girls.
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?