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After the silence

Media reporting of child sexual abuse in the wake of a Royal Commission
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Mona Chatskin, Megan Deas, Tanja Dreher, Kristy Hess, Emma John, Samantha Joseph, Alanna Myers, Eli Skogerbø, Poppy de Souza, Lisa Waller
News media Media reporting Commissions of inquiry Sexual abuse victims Discrimination Child sexual abuse Institutional responses to child sexual abuse Australia
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This report provides a snapshot of the wide-ranging work that has been undertaken for the Breaking Silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission project. Funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Projects grant (DP190101282), over the past four years the Breaking Silences team has been researching the role of journalism and social media advocacy in triggering, reporting on, and keeping alive the recommendations of the ground-breaking Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013-17) (RCIRCSA).

The research finds that public discussion of the Royal Commission, its hearings and outcomes, was pivotal to changing the national conversation about child sexual abuse in institutional settings. Innovative advocacy media practices of survivor advocacy organisation gave voice to previously untold stories, and the RCIRCSA was transformative in its approach to ‘open justice’. The authors have identified journalism that did indeed ‘break the silence’ and news cultures that walked with communities as they reckoned with the living history of abuse in their communities.

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