Child Abuse

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson fails in third attempt to stop criminal proceedings against him

CATHOLIC Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has again failed to stop criminal proceedings against him over claims he concealed a colleague’s sexual abuse of a young… Margaret Scheikowski, AAP Advertiser Wilson is accused of concealing information about the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in 1971 by the now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region town of… The NSW Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed his third attempt to have the… Catholic Archbishop Philip… Read More »

Convicted pedophiles to lose travel rights

Convicted pedophiles will be banned from travelling overseas and will have their passports cancelled under new measures to be introduced by the… Herald Sun Australian Associated Press The Herald Sun says new legislation, due to be introduced next month, will make it illegal for convicted child-sex offenders to leave or attempt to leave Australia, while dual… Victorian senator and anti… Convicted pedophiles to… Read More »

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster

Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest. Melissa Cunningham The Age Mr Foster, 64, died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening. He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family’s compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he… Father of abuse… Read More »

Police Minister Troy Grant says he would like to ‘take the nuts off’ child sex offenders

NSW’s police minister has declared he’d like to “take the nuts off” convicted child sex offenders when announcing a plan to overhaul the state’s sentencing and parole system. AAP Daily Telegraph Convicted child sex offenders would be able to volunteer for chemical castration under the reforms unveiled by the NSW government today. The suite of changes would ease overcrowding in prisons, reduce court delays and… Police Minister Troy… Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

Uniting Church Reverend avoids jail despite molesting young parishioner

A retired Uniting Church minister has avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to molesting a boy in his parish more than 50 years ago in south-east Queensland. ABC Sharnie Kim Reverend Barry Dangerfield, 83, today pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently treating a boy under the age of 14, and six counts of the historical offence of indecent treatment between males. The crimes happened in the… Uniting Church Reverend avoids… Read More »

We Cannot Ignore The Culture Of Sex Abuse We Have Created

There is an ongoing crisis at the heart of British culture involving horrific cases of child sexual abuse. Christian Today Krish Kandiah The latest scandal involves the abuse of young footballers. It hit the headlines in the middle of a beleaguered inquiry into… We Cannot Ignore The Culture Of Sex Abuse We… Read More »

Children in detention have rights: keeping them in isolation compounds their problems

Earlier this year I visited the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, along with a number of other centres where children are detained across the country. SMH Megan Mitchell The purpose of the visits was to see how young people were being treated and how their rights were being protected. I toured the facilities and spoke to just under… Children in detention have rights: keeping them in… Read More »

The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

This report analyses the role that organisational culture plays in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. Australian Policy Online Donald Palmer It specifically considers how organisational culture can affect the perpetration and detection of child sexual abuse and the responses to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The report also develops suggestions for… The role of organisational culture in… Read More »

Royal commission asked to make damning findings against school and Hollingworth

A royal commission investigating historical child sex abuse has been asked to make damning findings against Queensland’s most prestigious school and a former governor-general. Brisbane Times Jorge Branco In submissions published on Thursday, counsel assisting said a large number of students likely would not have been abused had former Brisbane Grammar School headmaster Maxwell Howell investigated sexual abuse claims from students. Over two weeks in November 2015, the commission… Royal commission asked to make… Read More »

Royal commission into child sex abuse asked to accept account of Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

The child sex abuse royal commission has been urged to find current Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall, had not been wrong in his response to abuse allegations three decades ago. ABC In January the inquiry heard a suggestion that he had known about a rector’s abuse of another boy when they were youth group members in the 1980s. Hobart hearings lasting over a… Royal commission into child sex abuse asked to… Read More »

Greens call on UK Government to contribute to child sex abuse compensation

Greens senator Rachel Siewert has said it was “extremely distressing” to hear allegations the United Kingdom government might have continued to send child migrants to Australia after being told they were being mistreated at institutions here. ABC Barbara Miller Senator Siewert said if the allegations were found to be true then the UK Government should offer to contribute to Australia’s compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse, announced earlier this month. “If the UK government continued to send ... Read More »

My country, my shame

Australia has received an unprecedented amount of negative publicity in recent weeks. Amnesty International has accused us of torturing refugees on Nauru, Their report, titled the ‘Island of Despair’, has provided factual stories of the sufferings that are inflicted on refugees there. On Line Opinion Peter Bowden The ABC Four Corners program highlighted a similar story: The Forgotten Children. That story told us of the abuse this country is inflicting on… My country, my… Read More »