Mediating via materiality: Continuing critical conversations around child sexual abuse in Australia

Megan Deas, Kerry Mccallum, Kerry Martin

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The Royal Commission into Institutional
Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RCIRCSA)
was a ground-breaking national inquiry held in
Australia between 2013–2017. The RCIRCSA
amplified the voices of victims and survivors
and changed the discourse around one of
society’s most devastating, long-silenced
crimes; the failure of institutions to protect
children in their care. Systemic abuse was
uncovered in educational, religious, sporting
and state-run institutions, most prominently
within the Catholic Church. Evidence emerged
through the Royal Commission’s 57 widely
publicised public hearings, 8000 private
testimonies, its seven-volume final report and
the 2018 National Apology to the victims and
survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions.
The revelations made global media headlines
and forced the communities in which these
institutions operated to reckon with the
legacies of abuse (McCallum and Waller,
2021). They spawned the community
movements and artistic responses that are
the subject of this chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDifficult Conversations
EditorsUrsula Frederucj, Ashley Harrison, Tracy Ireland, Justin Magee
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Council
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic) 9781915280190
ISBN (Print)9781915280183
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


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