Reports of child sexual abuse have increased by up to 70% in Australia^
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of child sexual abuse have significantly increased.
With many cases remaining hidden, the true scale of child abuse across our nation is likely to be greater than we know.
Many victims of child sexual abuse often feel a deep sense of shame, as if what happened to them was their fault.
And it can take a long time for them to feel safe enough to reveal the truth about their trauma.
Without access to intensive and ongoing professional care, children like Elise and Rosie remain highly
vulnerable to abuse and neglect, mental illness, substance abuse and suicide - now and into their adult lives.