In August 2006, the Northern Territory Government created the Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse to research and report on allegations of sexual abuse of Aboriginal children. It was asked to investigate concerns about serious child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities, and to find better ways to protect Aboriginal children from sexual abuse. Specifically the Inquiry was asked to: study how and why Aboriginal children were being abused, focusing on unreported cases; identify problems with the way the government responds to and attempts to protect Aboriginal children from abuse; look at how government departments and other agencies can better work together to protect and help children; and look into how the government can better support and educate Aboriginal communities to prevent child sexual abuse.
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