Yesterday’s tabloids reported a stunning piece of research:

Almost half of Australian women aged 18-41 were s-xually abused as a child. Research shows a staggering 45 per cent of women were abused as children by family members, friends or strangers. Abuse ranged from non-contact behaviour — such as indecent exposure or being forced to watch p-rnography — through to r-pe. A survey of 1300 women selected at random from electoral rolls by Griffith University psychology researchers found 80 per cent of victims knew their abusers.

It is a staggering finding, one that echoes the sense of crisis provoked by the Little Children are Sacred report on abuse in indigenous communities. Perhaps the federal government should send in the armed forces … into every second home in the country.