It's time to talk about child sexual exploitation

Mon 06-09-2021 13:02 pm AEST

The AFP-led ACCCE has partnered with leading non-government organisations and Australian of the Year Grace Tame to launch a groundbreaking campaign encouraging a national conversation about child sexual abuse. 

The Stop the Stigma campaign was launched on Thursday 2 September by the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Grace Tame and Assistant Commsioner Lesa Gale. The purpose of the campaign is to urge Australians to open the discussion about child abuse even if they find it uncomfortable. 
This is the first national project designed to break down the public stigma many feel around the topic of child abuse and was developed from a unique collaboration between Australian law enforcement, NGOs and industry.

The partnership involves the AFP, Grace Tame, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Carly Ryan Foundation, Bravehearts, YourTown (Kid’s helpline) and Act for Kids.

ACCCE research has shown that 21 per cent of parents and carers say child sexual abuse is too sickening to think about – and more than one in 10 parents would be too embarrassed to talk about it if their child was exploited.

Find out how you can help Stop the Stigma by watching the awareness video and learning more about how to report, what to do if someone discloses to you and how to get support.

Photo of launch event screens with Grace Tame and Minister Andrews
Assistant Commissioner Lesa Gale launches the Stop the Stigma campaign in partnership with the Minister for Home Affairs and Grace Tame