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Identifying and stopping grooming for abuse

We have never been more aware of the prevalence of child sexual abuse, but unfortunately this has yet to translate into a reduction of new cases. How can parents keep their children safe without being overwhelmed by paranoia? According to child safety experts, it comes down to awareness of 'grooming'. Predators will take various, but [...]

Finally, she can speak

Grace Tame has finally won the right to speak publicly about being groomed and sexually assaulted by her high school teacher Nicolaas Bester in 2010. After being outraged by Bester's comments about the abuse and media allegations that she had been complicit, the Tasmanian 24-year-old embarked on a two-year legal battle to be exempted from [...]

By |2019-08-20T12:11:51+11:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Australian stations dump Michael Jackson’s music after Finding Neverland documentary

Radio stations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand are refusing to play Michael Jackson's music in the wake of fresh allegations against him of child sex abuse. Sydney's Nova Entertainment on Thursday became the latest radio group to announce they are taking the late "King of Pop" off the air in response to public opinion. [...]

Scouts Australia Apologises to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, but Lawyers Label it ‘Meaningless’

Scouts Australia has apologised to those who suffered sexual abuse during their time in the organisation, but lawyers of survivors say the sentiment does not match actions. "We failed you, and we apologise for the pain that this has caused," Scouts chief commissioner Phil Harrison said. "We apologise for not listening to you when some [...]

How Online Predators Stalk Unsuspecting Kids

To those who grew up in the age of analogue, the world wide web can feel like the Wild West. With new apps being released on an almost daily basis, it’s hard for parents and teachers to keep up. Even more frightening is the possibility that our children are open to exploitation from online predators. [...]

By |2018-09-28T17:22:45+11:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Deceptive are Online Groomers?

The online world can be an exciting place for children. But internet-related sex crimes against children and young people are reported an average of 15 times per day in England and Wales alone. Researchers looking into how online groomers work have found that gaining victims’ trust is a key part of engaging them in sexually [...]

By |2018-09-28T12:59:21+11:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘You Coming to Papa?’ US Man Grooms Sydney Girl for Sex

A 40-year-old man from the US has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, after he groomed a 16-year-old girl from Sydney on social media to travel to New York for sex. Price was found guilty of four charges in December last year, including interstate and foreign enticement to engage in sexual activity, and attempted [...]

12 Confronting Child Sexual Abuse Statistics All Parents Need To Know

We must educate our children so they know to tell, and keep on telling until they are believed. As a parent and an educator I find the statistics below both confronting and horrifying. However, they do highlight the reasons WHY we need to teach the children in our care Body Safety from the earliest of [...]

Creating A Child Safe Organisation

Child Wise Every day millions of Australian children and young people participate in educational, sporting and recreational activities provided by government and community organisations. For the majority of children and young people, involvement in these services is positive and beneficial. However, the risks of abuse to children and young people in organisations has [...]

‘Like A Spider That Keeps Building Its Web’: Family of Sexual Abuse Survivor Speaks Out

Pixabay Images When Meg was 12, her mother, Annie, found herself unable to look at her. Seeing her daughter made Annie feel unsettled, at times almost angry. At first, she couldn’t figure out why. “And then, Meg turned 13 and suddenly, everything slid into place for me,” Annie says. “I found myself thinking, [...]