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Information for media reporting on the topic of child sexual abuse.

Content note: this page and documents within include material about child sexual abuse and its portrayal in media that some people might find confronting. If you need assistance or support, visit our Get support page.

One Talk at a Time campaign

About the campaign

Conversations with the people around us have the power to prevent child sexual abuse. Let's end child sexual abuse, one talk at a time.

About child sexual abuse

Information to support adults to learn what child sexual abuse is, how it occurs, and how to protect children and young people.

The Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS)

Media contact

The Attorney-General's Department Media Team is responsible for providing the media information or comment relating to the One Talk at a Time campaign.

Please use the form on the Department's website to submit a media enquiry or email

Campaign media releases

Guidance for media professionals and victims and survivors

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.

The key aim of these resources is to promote reporting that raises community awareness of child sexual abuse, reduces stigma, and empowers victims and survivors when they share their personal experiences with the media.

Guidance for media professionals and victims and survivors

Guidance for media

Reporting on child sexual abuse: Guidance for media

The guidance includes advice on how to develop and frame stories appropriately, language and terminology to use and avoid, and sensitivities to consider when engaging with victims and survivors.
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Engaging with media about child sexual abuse: For victims and survivors

This guide supports victims and survivors and their families to engage with media by providing advice on informed consent, understanding the media, setting boundaries, and ensuring safety and support.
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Quick reference guides

Key principles for journalists reporting on child sexual abuse

A snapshot of the 5 key principles that media professionals need to be aware of when reporting on child sexual abuse.

Language and terminology guide

A short guide to using appropriate language and terminology, including harmful and re-traumatising language to avoid.

Practical guidance for editors and sub-editors

A short guide for editors and sub-editors on how to support journalists who are reporting on child sexual abuse.

Practical guidance for court reporters

A short guide and key considerations for court reporters who are reporting on child sexual abuse.

Developing the guides

Developing the guides

The University of Canberra undertook comprehensive research to inform the development of the guides, including a literature review and quantitative and qualitative analysis of media coverage on child sexual abuse over a two‑year period.

The guides have also been informed by robust consultation, involving face-to-face and online workshops, small group sessions and individual meetings with over 100 victims and survivors, advocates, journalists, editors, podcasters, academics, and policy and research staff.

Read the full research report and consultation summary on the University of Canberra website.

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