Inquiry finds abuse takes years to uncover

Sky News

It takes an average of 22 years for survivors of child abuse to come forward – and it takes men longer than women, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says.

In its interim report, released on Monday, the commission said its analysis of information it received shows 90 per cent of sex abusers are men.

It also found on average, female victims were nine years old and male victims 10 years old when the abuse started.

‘Although many instances of abuse reported to us occurred some years ago, the information we have gathered and the public hearings we have conducted confirm that abuse remains a contemporary issue,’ the commission found.

‘We understand that although many people have come forward to the Royal Commission, it is likely that they represent only a minority of those abused.

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