Empirical guidance on the effects of child sexual abuse on memory and complainants' evidence

Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Mark Andrew Nolan, Evianne L Van Gijn-Grosvenor

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Abstract

On Friday, 11 January 2013, the Governor-General appointed the six-member Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) to inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

The Royal Commission’s role is to investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.

The Royal Commission has developed a comprehensive research program to support its work and inform its findings and recommendations. The program focuses on eight themes:

1. Why does child sexual abuse occur in institutions?
2. How can child sexual abuse in institutions be prevented?
3. How can child sexual abuse be better identified?
4. How should institutions respond when child sexual abuse has occurred?
5. How should government and statutory authorities respond?
6. What are the treatment and support needs of victims and their families?
7. What is the history of particular institutions of interest?
8. How do we ensure the Royal Commission has a positive impact?

This research report falls within theme eight.

The research program means the Royal Commission can:
• obtain relevant background information
• fill key evidence gaps
• explore what is known and what works
• develop recommendations that are informed by evidence, can be implemented and respond to contemporary issues.

For more on this program visit www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/research
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
PublisherRoyal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Commissioning bodyRoyal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Number of pages197
ISBN (Print) 9781925622188
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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