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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Research report

13 Sep 2017

This research, conducted by staff of RMIT University in Melbourne, has been essentially a desk study. It was designed to review the literature concerning child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia and elsewhere. It included 26 key international and Australian inquiry reports. It may...

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Journal article

01 Sep 2017

Although there is increasing academic recognition of corporations as criminogenic, the criminal legal system has demonstrated difficulties in conceptualising corporate culpability. The current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provides ample evidence of why...

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Journal article

31 Aug 2017

While awareness of institutional child sexual abuse has grown in recent years, there remains limited understanding of its occurrence and outcomes as a distinct form of abuse. Drawing on research commissioned by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,...

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Report

22 Aug 2017

In Case Study 40 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined the responses of the Commonwealth Department of Defence (Defence) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to allegations of child sexual abuse arising within:

• HMAS Leeuwin (Leeuwin) between...

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Research report

15 Aug 2017

The purpose of this project was to:

• identify the data holdings that currently exist on contemporary (within the past five years) incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts in Australia

• determine the accessibility of any such data for research purposes

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Report

14 Aug 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released these 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system, in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

This report recommends a sweep of...

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Report

12 Jul 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned the Telethon Kids Institute to collaborate on a report examining the question of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s past and contemporary vulnerability to child sexual abuse in institutional...

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Research report

19 Jun 2017

The purpose of this research was to establish a means of differentiating between types of institutions in terms of level of risk of child sexual abuse according to the characteristics of the institution and the kinds of activities that it organises. It draws on the existing research concerning...

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Report

30 May 2017

Sexually harmful behaviour is not limited to the sexual abuse of children by adults. It includes sexually problematic and harmful behaviour by other children. While the prevalence of sexually harmful behaviour by children is difficult to establish, emerging and ongoing research indicates that it...

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Journal article

15 Apr 2017

Although prevalence studies show girls are more frequently sexually abused than boys, a significant proportion of boys also experience child sexual abuse (CSA). The challenges for public policy are amplified for boys due to less developed public and professional sensitisation to boys’...

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Research report

20 Feb 2017

The Royal Commission has conducted a comprehensive survey of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to gather data about the extent of claims of child sexual abuse made against Catholic Church personnel.

A significant proportion of the people who contacted the Royal Commission made...

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Research report

19 Dec 2016

This research report presents the findings of a study that explored the safety of young people in residential care. Commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this study aimed to understand what young people believe institutions are doing to identify...

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Research report

01 Dec 2016

This report analyses the role that organisational culture plays in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. 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...

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Discussion paper

07 Nov 2016

Children and young people with disability are often absent in discussions about child sexual abuse as people with disability are left out of discussions about violence, abuse and neglect. This is due in part to individuals with disability being excluded from society, hidden away in institutions...

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Discussion paper

03 Nov 2016

This discussion paper has been published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It examines the growing interest in trauma-informed care and the implementation of trauma-informed approaches to support survivors of trauma, including survivors of child sexual...

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Other video

25 Oct 2016

Between 2013 and 2016, the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to conduct two studies, which spoke directly to children and young people about their views,...

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Research report

15 Sep 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) is inquiring into how institutions have engaged with and responded to allegations and instances of institutional child sexual abuse. Key to this inquiry is the need to generate an understanding of the...

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Research report

07 Sep 2016

Over the past three years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has explored the extent to which children and young people have been exposed to child sexual abuse, and considered some of the reasons why institutions have failed to actively prevent child sexual...

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Briefing paper

30 Aug 2016

The ICPS Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare.

This issue explores children and...

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Research report

29 Aug 2016

Children and young people who have been sexually abused sometimes disclose that abuse soon after the event or events occurred, or at least later during childhood. However, many children and young people do not tell anyone about the abuse until decades later, long after they reach adulthood. An...

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