Child Sexual Abuse in Rural and Remote Australian Indigenous Communities: A preliminary investigation


This report was compiled in response to concerns raised by Indigenous people about the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Australia. The report is a preliminary attempt to document the pertinent issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experiencing this sort of abuse; to get an idea of the scope of the problem in country and remote areas; and to pave the way for more research into the subject for which ethical approval (both cultural and professional) from the appropriate bodies would be required. The report outlines a number of barriers, both structural and communal, that need to be addressed in order to improve access to appropriate services, such as child protection, legal, social, educational and health. No recommendations are made in this report.

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