Reshaping the Conversation: Development of a shared language and preferred definitions guide endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
Needs of victims and survivors
Response to child sexual abuse
Understanding child sexual abuse
Research Topic areas
Government & policy responses
Start: November 2023
End: July 2024
Victims and survivorsWorkforce
Young adults (18-25 years)Adults (25-65 years)Older adults (>65 years)
Professor Andrea de Silva, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Dr Peter Kremer, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Project lead email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandra Shriane, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
There is inconsistency in the language used when discussing child sexual abuse in Australia. As such, across contexts and organisations, variable terms and definitions are used, which may contribute to confusion and impair messaging. Further, it is unknown whether the language currently in use is appropriate and endorsed for use by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
This project aims to create a shared language and preferred definitions guide, endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, that can be used by the National Centre and broader community, as well as in research, policy, practice and service delivery contexts.
This project incorporates two related phases of work: a co-design development phase, and a second phase incorporating a two-stage modified Delphi process.
Significance and Dissemination
It is anticipated that this project will develop Australia’s first victim and survivor-endorsed language and definitions guide for child sexual abuse. This guide will provide not only the National Centre with clear understanding of the language that victims and survivors prefer when discussing child sexual, but will also be able to inform practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the wider community.
Monitoring and governance: This project is guided by oversight of the National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Australian Human Research Ethics Committee: This project is subject to ethical oversight by Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee
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The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse (National Centre) respectfully acknowledges and celebrates the many Traditional Owners of the lands throughout Australia and pay our respects to ancestors of this country and Elders past and present. We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culture and lore have existed within Australia continuously for over 65,000 years.
We acknowledge the ongoing leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and those who have and continue to work tirelessly to address inequalities and improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice outcomes for children and young people. The National Centre is committed to ensuring that the voices of those whose lives are affected by the decisions governments make should fundamentally inform those decisions. First Nations voices must be heard, raised and amplified through a Voice to Parliament. It is time for genuine and significant reform to progress healing through the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We seek to honour the lived and living expertise of all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, harnessing all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds, and commit to substantially addressing the harm of child sexual abuse, now and well into the future. We recognise that there are children and young people today who are experiencing sexual abuse and dedicate ourselves to doing all we can to promote their effective protection and care.