New centre aims to prevent child sexual abuse

This year marked the third anniversary of the National Apology (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet)

A major trauma support organisation will run a national child sexual abuse prevention centre aimed at preventing abuse and helping survivors. Source: 7News.com.au.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday marked the third anniversary of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

He announced the Blue Knot Foundation, alongside the Australian Childhood Foundation and The Healing Foundation, would establish a national child sexual abuse prevention centre.

Mr Morrison said the centre would build knowledge and expertise, as well as raise awareness of the impacts of child sexual abuse.

“The voices of victims and survivors will shape their work,” he told parliament.

It will also build workforce capacity to improve responses to child and adult survivors, conduct research and provide guides for people seeking help, advocacy and therapeutic treatment.

Mr Morrison said the centre will also work to prevent child sexual abuse.

He reflected on online child sexual abuse happening in appalling numbers, saying it had “spiked in response to the COVID-19 restrictions”.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese called for more urgency in reforming the National Redress Scheme, with survivors at risk of dying without seeing a cent.

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New centre to prevent child sexual abuse (By Matt Coughlan, AAP via 7news.com.au)

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