Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches
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About "Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches"
Stories of child sexual abuse continue to appear, including those that focus on abuse within the Church. The author maintains that all churches - Protestant and Catholic alike - have yet to face this issue.;Drawing on recent research and the stories of victims, he explores why abuse occurs; the effects on victims; the issues arising when child abuse is suspected in a church setting; and why he believes the Church hasn't dealt satisfactorily with the problem in the past. He discusses how the problem can be dealt with both pastorally and legally in order to provide a safe environment for children in the future.
Stories of child sexual abuse continue to flood the press, but these incidents are more disturbing still when they focus on the Church. Parkinson maintains that all churches must face this problem and break their silence about the issue.
Meet the Author
Patrick Parkinson (MA Oxon; LLM Illinois) is Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, he is a specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts. His books include Australian Family Law in Context (with Juliet Behrens), Principles of Equity and Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches.
Prof. Parkinson has served from 2004-2007 as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney-General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004-05. He is a member of the new Australian Council for Families and Children, a peak advisory body to the federal minister for Family and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Prof. Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. He also works with churches on child protection issues.