POLL: Rise child sexual abuse reporting a good thing: Karen Willis

Daily Liberal


THE Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed a four-year high in sexual assault reports last year, on the back of greater awareness created by Royal Commission into child sexual assault, according to executive officer Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) Karen Willis.

Almost 20,000 sexual assaults were reported in police in 2013, this is an increase of 8 percent on the previous year.

NSW saw an increase of 11 percent since 2012- an increase is quite a positive thing Ms Willis said at the launch Sexual Assault Counselling Australia in Dubbo.

“This is great news, because what we know is that only 17 per cent of people who experience sexual assault report it to police,” she said.

“We know it’s really difficult for victims to come forward.”

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