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Perth runners kick off marathon campaign to stop child abuse

| June 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

PERTH marathon runners haved kick off a gruelling seven-day national fundraising campaign to combat child sexual abuse.

Sixteen WA runners joined the 42km marathon around the Swan River for the Braveheart 777 challenge, which will be held across Australia this week.

Seven marathons will be held across the capital cities over seven days to raise funds for Bravehearts, an organisation which runs counselling, education and case management services for Australian children who have experienced sexual assault.


Daughter of Rolf Harris backs bid to review sex abuse convictions

| May 4, 2015 at 07:47 am

Rolf Harris’s daughter, Bindi Nicholls, has backed a petition calling for her father’s child sex abuse convictions to be reviewed.

Ms Nicholls says her 85-year-old dad, a convicted pedophile, is the victim of a press witch hunt because he was a high-profile celebrity.

She’s described her father on the online change.org petition, set up by a fan, as a kind, sweet, honest man on stage and off.

‘Australia is ashamed,’ Human Rights Report Records Hundreds Child Abuse Cases In Detention

| February 13, 2015 at 07:59 am

The Australian Human Rights Commission submitted an inquiry report late on Wednesday night. The report comes with the recommendation of a royal commission.

The royal commission has to examine the impact on hundreds of children being detained for long periods in immigration detention centres. The report, called “The Forgotten Children,” also asked for the release of all the children from mainland detention and from the detention centre on Nauru.

The commission examined hundreds of incidents of child abuse that included more than 30 cases of sexual assault as well. The report was then submitted to the Australian government on Nov. 11.


‘It destroyed my faith in the Lord’. Victim testifies about child abuse at Christian school

| October 14, 2014 at 08:04 am

The latest evidence given during an Australian sex abuse inquiry has revealed that children at a Christian school were repeatedly failed by authorities.

Emma Joy Fretton, now 34, testified on Friday. She told the royal commission that she was physically and sexually abused for more than four years at Northside Christian College in Melbourne. The abuse began when she was six years old.

Her abuser, teacher Kenneth Sandilands, was given a two year jail sentence in 2000 for offences against eight children at the school. (more…)

Paediatricians say mandatory detention is child abuse

| October 6, 2014 at 08:15 am

More than 80% of Australian paediatricians believe mandatory detention of asylum seeker children constitutes child abuse, according to survey results published today in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The study, which found children under 20 make up 40% of Australia’s total refugee intake, said many doctors had poor knowledge about legal issues surrounding child asylum seekers, including that many may be ineligible for Medicare.


Giving the (polished) finger: Male celebrities paint their nails in new campaign against child abuse

| September 1, 2014 at 07:39 am

  • The Polished Man campaign runs from September 1 until the 15th
  • It aims to raise awareness for the one in five children globally who experience violence
  • In Australia, one in 29 children (or one in every class) experiences violence
  • People participating in the event are encouraged to paint one finger with nail polish to encourage people to talk about the issue

Men across the country will be sporting a colourful look on their fingernails for the first two weeks of September as the the Polished Man campaign kicks off to raise awareness of violence against children. (more…)

Royal commission into child abuse to deliver interim report

| July 1, 2014 at 07:11 am

The document is expected to reveal that the scale of offences in Australian institutions is larger than previously thought

The interim report from the royal commission investigating child abuse in institutions will be delivered to the government on Monday.

The report is expected to reveal that the scale of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions is far wider than thought and the potential for it to happen still exists. (more…)

Former child migrant tells harrowing tale of abuse as royal commission heads to Western Australia

| April 28, 2014 at 09:02 am

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin two weeks of hearings in Western Australia today.

The focus will be on four institutions run by the Christian Brothers: the Bindoon Farm School, St Mary’s Agricultural School, St Vincent’s Orphanage Clontarf and Castledare Junior Orphanage.

John Hennessey, who migrated to Australia as a child, is one of a number of men set to give evidence. (more…)

Child abuse should be viewed like smoking

| September 6, 2013 at 07:08 am

Smoke 2Child abuse in Australia should be viewed the same way as smoking – as a primary health problem with huge ramifications, a child protection advocate says.

Lesley Taylor, the Northern Territory manager of the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), says Australia is too reliant on child protection services to flag when children are in trouble.

“What we want to have ultimately is no more child protection at all,” she told AAP, saying that investments should be made in community-based programs. (more…)

Former school head charged with child sex abuse

| June 3, 2013 at 07:46 am

Police have charged a former head of a Western Australian primary school with child sex offences.

It is alleged the 53-year-old man from the Peel District, south of Perth, sexually assaulted a boy aged under 16 over several months in 1997. He was stood down by the school last year when police from the child abuse squad began investigating the case.

He has been charged with seven counts of Indecent Dealing with a Child and nine counts of Sexually Penetrating a Child Under 16 years of age. (more…)