Need to fuel sex assault debate
ONE in five children in Australia will be sexually harmed before the age of 18 – that is 59,000 children this year alone.
These are not just statistics, but something that could happen to your brother, sister, child or grandchild.
More disturbing is that in a given year only one in 100 sex offenders are convicted of sexual assault.
When it comes to child sexual assault, or any sexual assault or violence against women and children, we need to sit up and take notice.
In an age where everything we think or feel is shared on social media, why is this information something we are not hearing every day?
According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics – unless people come face to face with the issue – collectively Australians rate petrol prices, public transport and roads as issues greater than child abuse.
Abbey’s story shouldn’t just be another statistic, it should be a message to everyone and the justice system that sexual assault crimes should be taken more seriously.