Journal article

Speaking the Unspeakable, Naming the Unnameable: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Katie Wright, Shurlee Swain

Journal of Australian Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

The establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse followed years of lobbying by survivor groups, damning findings from previous inquiries, and increasing societal recognition of the often lifelong and intergenerational damage caused by child sexual abuse. Through extensive media coverage, the Royal Commission brought into public view the reality that the sexual abuse of children was widespread, and its recommendations are prompting organisational, policy, and legislative reform. This article explores the background to the Royal Commission, situating it within the history of previous inquiries and growing community outrage at the failure of instituti..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA)


Funding Acknowledgements

Katie Wright is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA) [DE140100060] "Childhood Maltreatment and Late Modernity: Public Inquiries, Social Justice and Education", 2014-2018.