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AUS: Child sex abuse within families rampant

Victoria Police wants to open a new front in the fight against family violence as frightening new data reveals a 43 per cent jump in child sex abuse cases in the past five years.

Detective Superintendent Rod Jouning, head of the Victoria Police sexual and family violence division, said the true rate of child sex abuse by family members and others known to the victim was horrifying. He said Victoria Police’s campaign to tackle family violence had encouraged unprecedented reporting of partner on partner violence, but too many child sex abuse victims were still not coming forward. Full Article

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As a victim of intrafamilial child sexual abuse, I couldn’t agree more – the forgotten area amongst all the others – and wrote the following poem: AN ODE TO THE UNACKNOWLEDGED MAJORITY: WITH THE CURRENT FOCUS QUITE APPROPRIATELY ON THE ISSUE OF INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE PLEASE SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THOSE EXCLUDED THE UNACKNOWLEDGED MAJORITY OF THE SEXUALLY ABUSED THE UNACKNOWLEDGED MAJORITY OF THE SEXUALLY ABUSED ARE THOSE FOR WHOM THE ABUSE THAT OCCURRED WAS NOT INSTITUTIONAL BUT INTRAFAMILIAL THEIR ORDEALS TOOK PLACE IN FAMILY HOMES SO THEY DON’T BELONG TO ANY KIND OF GROUP THIS UNACKNOWLEDGED MAJORITY LEFT TO BEAR… Read more »

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