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Child sexual abuse: Get the facts

Child sexual abuse: Get the facts

This fact sheet provides information and statistics to learn more about child sexual abuse. It helps to dispel common myths and misconceptions, and help people understand the role they can play in protecting children and young people.

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National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse

The National Strategy is the first of its kind in Australia, and provides a nationally coordinated, strategic framework for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.

Read the National Strategy

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Get support or make a report

The information on this website may bring up strong feelings and questions for many people. Help is available if you or someone you know has experienced, are experiencing, or are concerned a child or young person may be at risk of harm including child sexual abuse. If you need assistance or support, our Get support page provides a list of dedicated services.

1800Respect1800 737 732
Blue Knot Foundation1300 657 380
Bravehearts1800 272 831
Lifeline13 11 14
Kids Helpline1800 55 1800
13YARN13 92 76
QLife1800 184 527

If you or a child are in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000).

If you need to report a crime, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact your local police on 131 444. If you are concerned about a child’s safety, you can also make a report to your state or territory child protection service.

If you need information or resources for reporting child safety concerns, please visit our Make a report page.

Latest news

Launch of standards for services responding to child sexual abuse

Wednesday, 6 September 2023
We engaged the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia to develop the national Minimum Practice Standards: Specialist and Community Support Services Responding to Child Sexual Abuse, which are now available.

Expression of interest to participate in stakeholder consultations on national point of referral – now open

Monday, 21 August 2023
We are seeking expressions of interest to participate in consultations to inform the design and delivery of a national point of referral for victims, survivors and the community looking for information and support.

Reporting on child sexual abuse – guidance for media and victims and survivors – now available

Wednesday, 26 July 2023
We commissioned the University of Canberra News and Media Research Centre to develop evidence-based media guides to encourage responsible reporting on child sexual abuse and support victims and survivors engaging with the media.
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