[with Middleton et al] Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry Vol.48 (1) 2014, pp.17-21.


 An old adage advises against discussing sex, politics, or religion. The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addresses all three. For a government to focus national priority on an issue that so fundamentally entwines these contentious domains speaks to a rising awareness of the destructive impacts of child sexual and other abuse. It also attests to the political force represented by a growing number of vocal citizens and consumer organisations who will no longer accept institutional silence and inaction.