Topic archives: child abuse

Groundbreaking verdict against Archbishop raises thorny questions

May 23, 2018 5

What are the implications for others who were in similar positions to Archbishop Philip Wilson -- those who were told numerous times by credible sources about sexual abuse, perpetrated by individuals over whom they exercised some control?

Is Andrew Bolt right? Would 12 random Victorians be too biased to judge Pell’s fate?

July 11, 2017 21

Among many other things, Magna Carta enshrined the human right to trial by one’s peers. But is this 800-year-old relic still relevant in today's wi-fi-enabled world?

Royal commission: thousands of victims but no national action plan from the Anglican church

March 27, 2017

Evidence given to the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse shows the scale of abuse in the Anglican Church and the lack of momentum in addressing problems, writes Amanda Gearing.

Jesus addresses Catholic child abuse in unprecedented press conference

February 8, 2017 5

Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson wonders what Jesus would have to say to his flock were he around to see the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Youth detention royal commission treacherous ground for Turnbull

July 28, 2016 6

It has been two years since Abbott "stopped the boats". But Turnbull's royal commission into youth detention centres could unravel the centrepiece of that policy, writes former Howard communications adviser Paula Matthewson

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage: the abuse was legal

July 27, 2016 5

Four Corners showed children locked in solitary confinement, physically restrailed and gassed. The worst part? It was all legal, writes Darwin lawyer Matt Punch.

The complicated ethics of Dateline‘s Married at 13

June 14, 2016 3

Married at 13, set to air on SBS' Dateline, raises difficult questions about how much journalists should intervene.

‘The school did the wrong thing’: harrowing evidence from child abuse royal commission

‘The school did the wrong thing’: harrowing evidence from child abuse royal commission

September 4, 2015 3

Geelong Grammar has been dealing with allegations of child abuse in a proactive way, asking former students to address the royal commission.

Little children are sacred — except in offshore detention

Little children are sacred — except in offshore detention

July 7, 2015 6

If it was unconscionable not to intervene to prevent child abuse in 2007, how, in 2015, has it become acceptable to criminalise the reporting of that abuse?

What did George Pell know, and when did he know it?

What did George Pell know, and when did he know it?

June 5, 2015 7

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has said it will call Cardinal George Pell to front the front the commission. Freelance journalist Brihony Tulloch reports on the complicated rise of George Pell.

Abbott lies about data retention while the media cuts and pastes

Abbott lies about data retention while the media cuts and pastes

February 18, 2015 45

Tony Abbott has raised the data retention debate to a new height of hysteria, and the media is failing to protect itself.

The overwhelming moral questions facing Nauru child abuse investigator

The overwhelming moral questions facing Nauru child abuse investigator

October 10, 2014 5

Public servant Philip Moss has been charged with investigating claims of child abuse on Nauru. Australian Association of Social Workers president Karen Healy wonders if the government really wants to hear the answers.

Disgraced Harris’ reputation will never recover

Disgraced Harris’ reputation will never recover

July 2, 2014 18

We will never be able to hear Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport without cringing.

Rundle: apres Rolf, le deluge

Rundle: apres Rolf, le deluge

May 30, 2014 28

Britons are reeling from a series of high-profile children's entertainers who are being accused -- and in some cases convicted -- or child sex abuse. But Australia's turn is still to come -- and it will be ugly when it does.

Razer’s class warfare: when there are not tears left

Razer’s class warfare: when there are not tears left

February 6, 2014 5

We have become so inured to pain, violence, racism and abuse as infotainment that we can't find the compassion in our conscious minds to cry for the pain of others.

Royal commission road map: Victorian inquiry shows sickness in the Catholic Church

Royal commission road map: Victorian inquiry shows sickness in the Catholic Church

November 18, 2013 10

Stephen Crittenden, former executive producer of the ABC Radio Religion department, says the royal commission into child sex abuse could learn a lot from Victoria's example.

Royal commission takes a hard look at the YMCA

Royal commission takes a hard look at the YMCA

October 22, 2013 1

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told of a paedophile who was hired by the YMCA to work in after-school care.

Media briefs: Piers wrong … <em>Oz</em> dummy spit … spotting paedophiles …

Media briefs: Piers wrong … Oz dummy spit … spotting paedophiles …

September 23, 2013 15

News Corp columnist Piers Akerman caught the attention of political junkies across the country on Sunday morning by airing explosive claims on Insiders ...

Abuse experts blast News Corp’s paedophile fear mongering

Abuse experts blast News Corp’s paedophile fear mongering

September 20, 2013 1

Can you spot a paedophile? News.com.au has assembled a checklist, but the experts tell Crikey intern Angelo Risso it's rubbish.

‘I thought it was my fault’: victims begin their stories at abuse royal commission

‘I thought it was my fault’: victims begin their stories at abuse royal commission

September 16, 2013 2

The royal commission into child sex abuse has held its first public hearing, in Sydney on Monday. Crikey was there to hear statements from victims read out.