Child sexual abuse is a serious concern for the community and the criminal justice system and is now the subject of three major inquiries in Australia.
The circumstances in which children have been and are sexually abused within social institutions, the impact of this abuse, and the responses to disclosure of their abuse by those involved in these institutions is the focus of these major inquiries. The article provides some context to the inquiries and recent developments in NSW law reform and policy, and in particular addresses the issue of delayed reporting by children who have been sexually abused—delays that frequently extend into adulthood. The various commissions of inquiry, governments and agencies who work with children and respond to those who have been harmed face many difficult questions …
Read the full article by Judy Cashmore and Rita Shackel in the Australian Review of Public Affairs (41).