Intimate perceptions : exploring justice from the perspective of Australian survivors of Clergy Sexual Violence

Death, Jodi (2013) Intimate perceptions : exploring justice from the perspective of Australian survivors of Clergy Sexual Violence. In American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 20-23 November 2013, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (Unpublished)


The issue of child sexual abuse in Christian institutions has been persistent and politicalised across the world. Images and stories of abusive clergy, and their superiors who protect them, are common fodder for commercial and public media. In November 2012 the Australian Prime Minister announced a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australian institutions. This came on the back of multiple calls such an inquiry. At this same time in Victoria, Australia, a Parliamentary Inquiry in the same issue was completing its process and preparing a report. This study draws on submissions made to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry and data from 15 ethnographic interviews with survivors of child sexual abuse in Christian institutions of Australia. The common themes of these sources are of betrayal, grief, a persistent search for justice and for recognition of the trauma rendered, not only to the lives of survivors but also to their families and communities. These are not new themes in the literature of child sexual abuse in Christian Institutions, however the perceptions of victimisation in the Australian context has only been explored in limited ways.

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ID Code: 65966
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Clergy Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Institutional Abuse
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the author
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2014 01:37
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2014 01:37

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