How Australian Law Defines Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a serious crime, and it causes untold harm to the victims and their families. The effects of sexual abuse can last from childhood through adulthood. Without professional guidance and counselling, the effects can last a lifetime. 

Reporting Historical Child Abuse – What You Need to Know

The National Redress Scheme took effect in 2018 and will run for ten years. So, it's important that you know everything there is to know about reporting historical child abuse. 

How Childhood Trauma Affects Adults

Over two million Australian adults experienced abuse of some kind during their childhood. When a child is plunged into an environment where neglect and abuse are present is forces the brain to adapt to that environment. The brain circuits adapt, and that distress experienced in childhood can have profound effects in adulthood. It doesn't matter whether the abuse is emotional or physical, the effects last. 

What To Do If You Are Disappointed With Your National Redress Scheme Offer

Have you recently applied for payment through the National Redress Scheme? The Royal Commission on sexual abuse was instrumental in changing child abuse laws in Australia. A key result from the commission is the National Redress Scheme which was created to provide victims of institutional child sexual abuse with compensation. Nothing can erase the pain of the abuse victims suffered at the hands of people they trusted, but the NRS can help you cover the costs of therapy as well as a claim for loss of earnings (either past or present). 

Understanding Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

In order to better understand Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and provide support for its survivors, we must discuss the facts about it openly and honestly. The below resource provides helpful information including how to access support services.

Sexual Abuse in Childhood – Information for Male Survivors

Child sexual abuse has a significant impact on all survivors. Today, we look at the specific impact on male survivors and the support that is available for them, including:

Separation & Your Children - Knowing Your Rights

Separation is hard on everyone involved in the relationship, including the couple, friends and family. But the people who suffer the most are often the children. When their parents separate, children will feel a range of emotions, from anger and hurt, to depression and grief. The way they react will depend on their age and the degree of animosity between the parents. And while it’s important you nurture these emotions, it’s also imperative that you try to keep life as simple as possible.  

Educational Institution Child Abuse - What You Need to Know

Sadly, a significant number of adult survivors of child sexual abuse were abused in educational institutions. In this blog post we look at:

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