The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Assault                

 
Author(s)Middleton, Warwick, Pam Stavropoulos, Martin J. Dorahy, Christa Kruger, Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, Alfonso Martinez-Taboas, Vedal Sar, and Bethany Brand
Title The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Source Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry,January 2014, Vol. 48, No. 1 ,pp. 17-21
Date 2014
Document type Journal Article
Coverage Australia
Summary

This article reflects on the establishment, of The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Assault by discussing the history of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, both within Australia and the United States, the perpetrators involved and the corruption and concealment that has stemmed from it. The authors further discuss the important opportunity the Royal Commission provides, as by having a national inquiry into institutional abuse; society is finally able to acknowledge the true extent of institutional child sexual abuse as well as providing findings that may be applied more broadly to societies that are yet to establish similar investigations in their own countries.

Keywords Catholic Church; Royal Commission; child sexual abuse; dissociation; trauma
Topic

Children