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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse releases key findings

In a hearing on Monday the 6th of February, 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released staggering data regarding the abuse of children by Catholic church staff in Australia. This data was the result of the Commission's study into the numbers of priests and other staff who were subjected to claims of child sexual abuse between 1950 and 2010. There was significant need for this focused research, as two thirds of the alleged incidents brought to the Royal Commission in private sessions regarding faith-based institutions were relating to the Catholic Church.

Introducing the data, Gail Furness SC described the cases as "depressingly similar... Children were ignored or worse, punished... Allegations were not investigated. Priests and religious [figures] were moved. The parishes or communities to which they were moved knew nothing of their past. Documents were not kept, or they were destroyed. Secrecy prevailed as did cover-ups."

Overall, the Commission found that 7% of (or 1 in 14) Catholic priests working during this period had allegedly abused children. Between 1980 and 2015, 4,444 people claimed that they had experienced child sexual abuse across over 1000 Catholic institutions. 78% of people making these claims were male, and 22% were female - however, claims of abuse by religious brothers specifically were almost all made by males. The average ages of victims at the time of their abuse were 10.5 for females and 11.6 for males. Of the 1900 perpetrators identified in the claims (500 could not be), 32% were religious brothers, 30% were priests, 29% were lay staff and 5% were religious sisters.

A particularly disturbing finding from the study was the number of allegedly abusive staff in each diocese or Catholic order. In some national orders such as the Marist Brothers or Christian Brothers, around 20% of non-ordained religious staff between 1950 and 2010 were alleged abusers. For the St John of God Brothers, this rate was 40.4%.  

Francis Sullivan of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council said of the study, "each entry in this data, for the most part, represents a child who suffered at the hands of someone who should have cared for and protected them... This data, along with all we have heard over the past four years, can only be interpreted for what it is -- a massive failure on the part of the Catholic Church in Australia to protect children from abusers and perpetrators."

It has also been suggested that due to shame experienced by victims and the covering up of these offences by the Catholic Church, these figures are likely to be modest in comparison to the actual prevalence of offending.

In our most recent edition of Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Kate Gleeson discussed the effects of failures of justice on victims of Catholic clerical sexual abuse. More information about the article can be found here.

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Upcoming Events
Twenty Years On: Engaging with Complex Trauma: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities

Date:18th-19th March 2017
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

This bi-national conference, convened by Belmont Private Hospital and the Cannan Institute, in collaboration with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Trauma and Dissociation Unit (TDU), Belmont Hospital and it uniquely brings together leading clinicians, researchers and writers from the Australian and New Zealand complex trauma/dissociative disorders field.

The first day of the conference comprises a series of plenary presentations culminating in a plenary panel at the end of the day. The conference dinner at Rydges Hotel, will be held on Saturday 18th March. The second day of the program comprises two parallel workshop streams.

For the event program, further details, and registration information, please visit the event website.

PartnerSPEAK Symposium: The impact of online child abuse offending on families
Date:1 March 2017
Location: RMIT City Campus, Melbourne VIC

Trauma is a significant issue for the partners and families of those who are investigated, charged and sentenced for online child abuse offending. However, there is only limited understanding and awareness among frontline workers about the impact of this on affected partners.

The half-day symposium aims to

  • Build knowledge and understanding around the Impact of this trauma on affected partners, with a focus on their secondary victimisation and stigmatisation.

  • Enhance the practice of frontline workers through a discussion of the needs of this group based on recent research, and to reduce the risk of re-traumatisation through the involvement of affected partners with professionals.

This symposium will be opened by Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the year and recipient of the Pride of Australia National Courage Medal. While best known for her work campaigning against domestic violence, Rosie Batty also experienced, first hand, the shock and trauma of realising that the father of her child had been charged with offences relating to child abuse material.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.
The Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice
Date: 6-8 April 2017
Location: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration is pleased to announce that The Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice will be held at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour in Sydney, from 6-8 April 2017.

The Conference Organising Committee is very excited about the number of high quality presentations from eminent Australian and international speakers in the conference program on Family violence, Therapeutic jurisprudence, Restorative justice, Lawyers and non-adversarial justice, Appropriate dispute resolution, Indigenous justice, Solution-focussed & Problem Oriented Courts, Mental Health Courts, Family law jurisdiction, Mediation, Drug Courts, Procedural justice and Community justice.

Keynote Speakers
  • Professor Warren Brookbanks, Auckland University of Technology
  • Chief Justice Wayne Martin, Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Professor David Wexler, Rogers College of Law, Tucson Arizona
  • Dr Karni Perlman, Striks School of Law, Israel
  • Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Jon Everest, Fellow of Resolution Institute
  • Emeritus Professor Michael Perlin, New York Law School
  • Professor Tania Sourdin, University of Newcastle Law School
For full conference details and to register now please visit www.naj2017.com.
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Recent Publications
Public Disorder and Globalization

By Sophie Body-Gendrot

The current growth of incidents of public disorder around the world can be seen as symptomatic of major transformations in globalized society, government, and technology. But while disorder is routinely perceived as a disturbing phenomenon, it can also be a catalyst for positive transformation and regeneration. As social media is increasingly used as a platform for mobilization and organization, local disorder may spread outward through national borders, receiving international coverage and visibility as well as triggering a domino effect of global unrest.

Combining qualitative and quantitative research, this ground-breaking text analyzes oppositional notions of order and disorder in global, national, and local contexts and considers the role of the police, the justice system, and other authorities in developing a range of responsive strategies. The author develops a new comprehensive framework for engaging in comparative and historical analysis of public disorder by drawing upon international case studies of public unrest such as 2005 in Paris and 2011 in London; the events in Ferguson and Baltimore that seeded Black Lives Matter; the Occupy movements in Zuccotti Park, Gezi Park, and Hong Kong; and the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

This dynamic comparative study is informed by extensive international interviews and will be a required reading for students and scholars of criminology, sociology, political science, and urban studies.

The book is available for purchase here.

Transition from prison for people with intellectual disability: A qualitative study of service professionals
By Jesse T Young, Kate van Dooren, Fernanda Claudio, Craig Cumming and Nick Lennox

People with intellectual disability face a range of challenges on their release from prison due both to their own needs and the complexity of the service delivery system, which can make effective service delivery difficult. This difficulty is exacerbated by the sometimes combative nature of relationships between service providers. These issues could be addressed, at least in part, by improved training and stricter guidelines for those working in the sector.

Representatives of disability and justice-related agencies in Queensland and Western Australia were interviewed for this research. The findings will be useful to policymakers and those who work in corrections, disability support and related sectors.

The full report can be read online here.
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Calls for Submissions
ALRC Inquiry into Elder Abuse
This is the second consultation document for the Elder Abuse Inquiry, in which the ALRC has been asked to consider existing Commonwealth laws and frameworks which seek to safeguard and protect older persons from misuse or abuse by formal and informal carers, supporters, representatives and others, and to examine the interaction and relationship of these laws with state and territory laws.

This Discussion Paper includes includes 43 proposals for law reform. The ALRC  invites submissions in response to the proposals, or to any of the material in the Discussion Paper.

For more information about the Inquiry, or to make a submission, please visit the ALRC website. Submissions close on 27 February 2017.
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Job Advertisements
Associate Professor in Criminology - University of New England - Armidale, NSW
• Continuing, full-time
• $ 133,123 to $ 146,545 per annum (Level D)
• Plus 17% employer superannuation. Salary packaging options are available.
• Relocation assistance provided

Applications are invited for the position of Associate Professor in Criminology. The appointee will join an enthusiastic and innovative team who specialise in areas of rural crime, forensic criminology, policing, penology, international crime, social justice, and crime and tourism. The
incumbent will be responsible for the ongoing development, teaching and coordination of units within the Bachelor of Criminology degree program, provide honours and higher degree by research (HDR) supervision, and take on leadership and various administrative/service roles within the discipline and the wider university. The appointee will also be expected to undertake research in Criminology, supported where possible by external funds, and publish in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.

To discuss this role please contact Dr Jenny Wise, Senior Lecturer in Criminology: phone 02 6773 4286 or email jwise7@une.edu.au. Applications close on 26 February 2017.
Principal Statistician - Queensland Police Service
An exceptional and rare opportunity has arisen with Queensland Police Service for an experienced Statistician to lead, manage and deliver high quality statistical research and advice regarding crime and policing related activity. Reporting to the Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Major Events Command you will play an integral role in identifying, interpreting and informing on problem places, cases and crime types. The successful applicant will be pivotal in developing systems and solutions to retrieve and deliver information in a meaningful way and undertake highly complex and technical statistical analysis to inform critical decision-making.

To be successful, you will have strong communication skills, with proven experience in liaising with a range of stakeholders and translating highly complex information to a range of audience types. Your innovative thinking and ability to identify improvement opportunities will be highly regarded, as will your proven capabilities in working under pressure and with highly sensitive and confidential information. 

Applications close on the 21st of February. Click here for more information.
Tutor wanted - Maquarie University
Course: Social Order and Social Control
Coordinator: Dr Peter Rogers, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University

This is a third year course suitable for someone who has an understanding of criminological theory and social theory with related research/teaching background. Applicant must have Masters level training or higher to be eligible. Please contact Peter at Peter.Rogers@mq.edu.au with a CV to let him know your interest.
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Student Opportunities
Applications open for Sydney Institute of Criminology semester 1 internships
The Institute’s internship program is open to LLB, JD and Masters of Criminology students of the Sydney Law School. The program is undertaken on a pro-bono basis. Interns must be available to work 10 full days over semester 1.

The internship program will be of interest to students seeking to gain experience in an organisation devoted to research and public policy in the area of criminal justice. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of Institute activities and to interact, both formally and informally, with Institute staff members.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript, writing sample, and details of two academic referees to law.criminology@sydney.edu.au.

Applications for the semester 1 internship close at 5pm Friday 24 February 2017. For more information, please visit the Institute's website.
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