Young people reluctant to report sexual abuse, royal commission research finds

ABC News

By Ursula Malone

Children and young people are reluctant to speak out about sexual abuse, according to a survey for the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse.

The commission wants young people to play a role in making themselves safer in institutions like schools, churches and sporting clubs.

To do this they commissioned a research project involving 1,500 children and young people, including those with a disability, asking them what makes them feel unsafe and what they think needs to be done to make them safer.

For the past three years, the commission has been hearing accounts of horrific abuse of children and the failing of these institutions.

Children had little say in the running of those institutions and their voices were rarely if ever heard.

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