Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault statistics

These infographics highlight some findings from the recent Australian Bureau of Statistics release of the 2012 Personal Safety Survey. For more information, head to our Facts & Figures page.

17% of women aged 18 years and over have experienced sexual assault since the age of 15. 83% of women were either not sexually assaulted, or it is not known if they were sexually assaulted. 4% of men aged 18 years and over have experienced sexual assault since the age of 15. 96% of men were either not sexually assaulted, or it is not known if they were sexually assaulted.

The National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children

The National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (NCE) has announced its way forward for 2014.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Australian Government has introduced legislation to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to assist the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The amendments will allow one or more of the six Royal Commissioners to conduct hearings, where previously the Act only permitted hearings by all members of a multi-member Commission or a quorum.

The Bill will also enable the Commissioners to receive information from those affected by child abuse at less formal 'private sessions'.

For many, telling their stories of child sexual abuse will be very traumatic and these private sessions will mean that people affected by this crime can voluntarily participate in the Royal Commission in a less formal setting than a hearing.

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Child sexual abuse research

In an effort to support the work of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia we have collated resources and information for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse, practitioners/service providers and those interested in finding out more about support services.

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The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault is funded by the Department of Social Services.