We are gradually building up a library of books to raise awareness and deepen our understanding of the epidemic of sexual abuse that was uncovered by the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 2012-13 and the Royal Commission which began work in 2013 and is ongoing.
Many books are first hand accounts written by survivors with the intention of uncovering the evil that has corrupted our society, and of encouraging other victims to free themselves from the secrecy that holds them bound.
Some books published in recent years attempt to examine the history of abuse, to  discover its causes and investigate its effects, and to throw light on the culture that has allowed it to continue and even protected perpetrators.  
We will attempt to give a very brief indication of what the book or the article is about, to help you to choose those that may answer your questions. 


44 Issues Papers and Submissions published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual are a mine of ideas from a wide range of people and groups like LOOKOUT. Check out especially  For The Innocents at No. 19.

  1. Child Sexual Abuse: 6 Stages of Grooming  A must read for everyone who wants to understand how it happens, and be prepared to intervene to protect a child.

  2. Facts and Statistics for Child Sexual Assault - Bravehearts This document contains statistics and facts on child sexual assault that have been compiled by Bravehearts. Every effort has been made to ensure complete references have been provided.

  3.  Healing from Child Sexual Abuse - Draucker's Model, an ExplanationDesmond Cahill, RMIT University, Melbourne. This link will download the text to your computer:

  4. How to Support an Adult Survivor  Brief practical tips. 

  5. 30 Years LaterThe National Catholic Reporter (NCR) is publishing a whole week of articles on the clerical paedophile crisis in the US.

  6. NEW CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE: WHAT IS THE OFFENCE? A new criminal offence for failing to protect a child under the age of 16 from the risk of sexual abuse commenced on 1 July 2015.

  7. THE NEW ‘FAILURE TO DISCLOSE’ OFFENCE FACT SHEET FOR DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES STAFF AND FUNDED ORGANISATIONS A new offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse came into force on 27 October 2014.

  8. My Underpants Rule: Video and Book for Children 3-7 yrs


    Book Review:

    "Crimes of the Father": Tom Keneally tackles abuse in the catholic church


    Manny Waks expresses beautifully what many of us feel about our Church, although he is talking about Judaism.

    A little research on Google provided this short key index of Hebrew terms:
    Kinah is Hebrew for a dirge or lamentation.
    Rav is the Hebrew word for rabbi.
    Askan is a Jewish communal or social worker
    Dayan is a Hebrew term for a judge
    Tallis a summary of the laws for Jewish living.
    Tephilin phylacteries
    Treif something non-kosher
    Sicarii an anti-Roman movement in first century Palestine.
    Kashrus laws on the preparation of food.
    Tefilos prayers
    Shul (Yiddish) a school or synagogue
    Thanks to Richard Adams