Royal Commission research into child sexual abuse released

Date: Oct 17, 2016


Research has shone light on the characteristics of child sexual abusers. The findings offer a framework for the Royal Commission as it continues its investigation into the institutional responses to sexual abuse.

For many survivors of sexual abuse, the research may not hold the answers they are looking for. However, there are other ways of seeking closure. Talk to a compensation lawyer today, who can help you understand the options you have available to you.

Key findings from the report

The research brought together a number of different studies, compiling a profile of sexual abuse perpetrators. The research found that the majority of identified perpetrators are male, while between 6 and 11 per cent are female.

Males who sexually abuse children experience much higher rates of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than control groups. They also experience emotions on a similar level as children when compared to other demographics groups.

One of the most important findings from the research was that identifying children with sexually harmful behaviour based on demographic or psychological characteristics is extremely difficult. However, sexually harmful behaviour correlates more strongly with exposure to domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or adverse family environments.

The study also showed that the most research on sexual abuse focuses on the clergy, whereas patterns of sexual abuse in educational, sporting and out-of-home care settings are less visible in the literature. For instance, there were no studies of children in scouting institutions, or vulnerable children groups, such as children with disabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Seeking compensation for sexual abuse

The research is an important step for the Royal Commission’s investigation into institutional responses to sexual abuse. However, it does not offer the redress many are looking for.

A compensation settlement is not a quick fix for victims, but it does go a long way to ensuring you have the recognition you need and deserve. We can work with you to make claims against a number of different areas, including religious organisations and private schools.

At Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation, Medical negligence and Will dispute lawyers, we act with compassion, commitment and competence on your behalf. We strive to make the compensation process as painless as possible. If you would like to know more about the options available to you, talk to one of your representatives today.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.