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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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  1. Cathy Kefford

    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 THEIR BURDEN ALONE
    SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY

    DISCLOSURE IS A SOLO PROCESS
    PITTING VICTIMS AGAINST FAMILY MEMBERS
    WITH OFTEN NO WAY TO POSITIVELY PROVE
    THAT ANYTHING EVER HAPPENED

    SO THE VEIL OF SECRECY REMAINS FIRMLY IN PLACE
    AND UNSPEAKABLE DEEDS REMAIN UNCORROBOATED
    PERPETRATORS REMAIN UNPUNISHED
    AND THEIR VICTIMS ALONE IN THEIR STRUGGLE

    WITH NO CHANCE OF APOLOGIES OR RETRIBUTION
    NO PROMISE OF RECOGNITION FOR THEIR SUFFERING
    NOTHING IN PLACE FOR FUTURE PREVENTION
    NO PATHWAYS FOR COMPENSATION

    BUT IF THEY ARE THE MAJORITY THEN IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE
    MAKING ME FEEL WE ARE MISSING THE WHOLE POINT
    BECAUSE SURELY WE SHOULD BE EMPOWERING ALL CHILDREN
    AND TEACHING ALL OF US TO REACH OUT TO A CHILD IN DISTRESS

    SO THIS IS MY ODE TO THE UNACKNOWLEDGED MAJORITY
    THOSE WHOSE ABUSE OCCURRED WITHIN THE FAMILY
    NO MATTER HOW ALONE YOU MIGHT FEEL
    THERE ARE MANY OF YOU, ALBEIT SPREAD WIDELY

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