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Sexual abuse of children
Australia's Royal Commission into institutional sex abuse of children probably doesn't have wide enough terms of reference.
Abuse in institutions is merely the tip of an iceberg.
Over 90 per cent of abuse is committed by immediate family, extended family or "family friend" -- nothing to do with the Church or any institution. (Adults Surviving Child Abuse Survey, 2012: http://launchgroup.com.au/wp/national-peak-body-supporting-survivors-of-child-abuse-expands-services-with-new-premises/#sthash.p03CjjfQ.dpuf)
Our child abuse problem is worse than we like to imagine. The government seems reluctant for us to realise how bad or widespread it is.
To reduce child abuse drastically would require drastic changes -- not just in institutions, but inside our homes and inside our heads, including embracing loyalty exclusively to traditional man-woman marriage, and elimination of all forms of pornography.
Not a lot of votes in any of that.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 28 No 5 (June 2015), p. 7
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