Rita Shackel


The impact of delayed reporting on the prosecution and outcomes of child sexual abuse cases

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...
Journal article

Responding to child sexual abuse

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 long-term effects of child sexual abuse

This paper reviews recent Australian and international research on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse. Information is presented on what is known about the impact on mental health, behaviour problems, suicide, risk taking, personal relationships, criminality, and physical health, as well as gender differences...