Responding to Historical Child Sexual Abuse: A multi-disciplinary forum

31 May 2013

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Child sexual abuse is a serious concern for the community and only a small proportion of perpetrators are ever 'brought to justice'. The criminal justice approach provides only one avenue of redress and one that many victims are not keen to use or do not see as an adequate means of resolution. The aim of this forum is to generate discussion about how best to address the legal and societal "justice gaps" in and outside the criminal justice system and how to minimise the trauma and meet the needs of those who have been sexually abused.

The betrayal of trust inherent in child sexual abuse is a key element of the abuse and contributes to the often very long-lasting impact on the victims. Many victims suffer in silence.

There is little reliable information to guide those involved, including professionals, about the ways in which historical and institutional abuse is dealt with, and the likely benefits, pathways and outcomes of any prosecution. There is also little information about other ways of reaching an appropriate resolution. This forum is particularly timely given the recent establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss alternative and systemic approaches in the light of the impact of the abuse and the process on victim complainants as well as the investigative and evidentiary issues.


  • Assoc Professor Judy Cashmore AO, Sydney Law School, Unviersity of Sydney
  • Professor Kathleen Daly, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
  • Dr Jodi Death, Crime and Justice Research Centre QUT
  • Nicola and John Ellis, Clinch Long Letherbarrow
  • Dr Gary Foster, Living Well
  • Dr Cathy Kezelman, President, Adults Surviving Child Abuse
  • Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner
  • Detective Michael Newbury, South Australia Police
  • Professor Patrick O'Leary, Griffith University
  • Kara Shead, NSW Crown Prosecutor

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at thisforum is equal to6 MCLE/CPD units.

This event is part of Sydney Social Justice Research Network (SSJN) Workshop Program for 2013.

Time: 9.00am-5.00pm (registration from 8.30am)

Location: New Law Building (F10) Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Full fee: $110, Alumni/Usyd Staff/NGO: $88

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: (02) 9351 0248

Email: 0608186337420e5810312c272f5c370a0a1a315d3d472217