More than half of Australians know of a victim of child violence

ABOUT 62 percent of Australians have admitted to knowing of a victim of child violence, while 80 percent believe that most cases of child violence have gone unreported, World Vision Australia has shared.

The charitable group is alarmed over the misinformation many Australians have regarding child abuse, and expressed fears that this might actually put more children at risk for violence.

The respondents told World Vision Australia that they think children are at risk from strangers in public places. But World Vision Australia counters that the most common child abusers are not always strangers but immediate family members.

“We can see from this report that the public’s misunderstanding of violence may actually be putting children at risk,” said Melissa Stewart, World Vision Australia’s Senior Advisor on Child Protection.

She described child violence as “the growing, silent horror of our time” and said that the public’s knowledge regarding this alarming truth is “just the tip of the iceberg.”

She stressed the need for people to be more aware of child abuse in order to bring down the numbers of child abuse.

“We know that violence can contribute to a lifetime of mental, psychological, social and other challenges for a child. Understanding these harmful myths can help World Vision and other organisations address them and work towards the solutions needed to protect children in Australia and overseas,” she said.

Stewart also gave suggestions on how to stop encouraging child violence.

“Fortunately there are things that Australians can do if they want to be a part of the solution – such as voting with your dollar by buying ethical products that have not been produced using forced, child and trafficked labour, and encouraging local businesses to stock more ethical products,” she said.


4 thoughts on “More than half of Australians know of a victim of child violence

  1. bryanpattersonfaithworks
    on December 10, 2014 at 18:28 said:
    Whatever Rian. You don’t listen and I’m not interested in debating with you on a subject that doesn’t lead anywhere.
    “””There are more important things to think about.””””
    LIKE THIS ONE Good subject matter


  2. Perhaps child abuse should be more clearly defined. In my rental property lives a lame woman and her three daugthers. One daughter is disabled, so the mother is sole carer. The two able bodied daughters never cook (its child abuse they claim) they never clean (its child abuse). They refuse to look after their disabled sister (once again its child abuse they claim). The mother now looks utterly worn out, what with looking after the disabled child as well as acting like a slave to her abled bodied daughters.

    We have done what we could to help, but we cannot interfere to do more, thanks to the entitlement mentality that some teenagers have, and the way that governments interpret what constitutes child abuse.

    World Vision might bemoan that child abuse is under reported. The situation is worse. Abuse of the ‘Child abuse’ claim is not even recognised let alone reported.


  3. here is another one – the stolen generation.

    One knows about child abuse happening within the aboriginal communities. But try to do something about it and every multicultural activist will tar and feather you on grounds of interfering into aboriginal culture.

    And I haven’t mentioned child brides, genital mutilation, honour killings, etc done in the name of a certain religion known as the religion of peace.

    Once again child abuse and the grounds for prosecuting it must be re-defined. But you can’t, let alone prosecute it without being seen to violate the parts of the discrimination act dealing with religion and multiculturalism.

    Until Australia has a clear vision how the issue of child abuse sits with such laws as those protecting multiculturalism, religion, etc. tackling child abuse is a waste of time.


  4. Bloody hell Byran out of all the stuff you choose to censor you’ll let ignorant drivel like the comments about through.

    Amazing standards you got.


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