Media Releases

Royal Commission releases research on perpetrators of child sexual abuse

New research on perpetrators of child sexual abuse released

A new research report examines available evidence regarding the characteristics, motivations and offending behaviour of child sexual abuse perpetrators in both institutional and non-institutional contexts.

Date: September 29 2016

Reminder to register for private sessions by 30 September

Reminder to register for private sessions by 30 September

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are reminded that they must register with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by Friday 30 September 2016 if they wish to have a private session

Date: September 26 2016

New research identifies need for a national study into prevalence of child maltreatment

New research identifies need for a national study into prevalence of child maltreatment

Research conducted for the Royal Commission has considered the feasibility and need for a comprehensive study into the prevalence of child maltreatment in Australia.

Date: September 22 2016

Media Guidelines

The Royal Commission recognises that the media has an important role to play in reporting on its work. Media guidelines are available for those reporting on the work of the Royal Commission.

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Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: an empirical study

Early in our work we identified Criminal Justice as a key issue for consideration by the Royal Commission.

Date: May 25

National Council of Churches in Australia Conference

I recently conducted a private session with the mother of a boy from a Catholic school. The events the mother related occurred only a few years ago.

Date: September 10

Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference 2015

When delivering the Mayo Lecture at James Cook University in 1996, Sir Anthony Mason commenced by reminding his audience that judges do make law.

Date: September 04

Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia

I speak to you today as the Royal Commission enters the second half of its five year term. As you are probably aware the Commission was originally tasked to finish at the end of this year.

Date: July 15

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

One year has passed since I spoke with you in Sydney. At that time the Commonwealth Government had just received the Royal Commission’s interim report which detailed both the work we had already completed and the work we believed necessary to fulfil our terms of reference.

Date: July 04

14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Justice for victims is an elusive concept. In the civil context redress schemes providing modest money compensation without the need to prove a breach of a duty of care are commonly believed to be appropriate.

Date: March 31

Long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians study

Today is an important day for the people who we have come to know as the Forgotten Australians.

Date: February 18

Redress and civil litigation

It is just over two years ago since the Royal Commission was appointed. In that time the Commissioners have spoken with over 2,850 survivors in private sessions.

Date: January 30

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