What We Are All Learning from the Australian Royal Commission into Child Abuse

What We Are All Learning from the Australian Royal Commission into Child Abuse

Australians are gaining a new perspective on the sensitive issues surrounding our most valuable assets.

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In 2012, Julia Gillard, then Prime Minister of Australia, announced the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and continued the pursuit despite successive prime ministers dismissing its importance.

In 2013, the commission was established in Australia to examine the history of abuse in allegedly-respectful institutions including schools, religious groups and state institutions and others after Peter Fox wrote about victims of historical abuse coming forth.

In December 2017, the Commission's report was finalised and made public.The committee found a variety of troubling facts, including:

Institutional Abuse

Contrary to popular belief, two-thirds of the abuse survivors are actually males. Of almost 8,000 abuse survivors, 21 percent of them have faced abuse in more than one institution.

Most of these abuse cases happened in home-based cares and residential institutions (41.6 percent), followed by 31.8 percent of them occurring in educational institutions and 14.5 percent in churches or other religious activities.

Out of all the victims abused in churches, 61.8 percent of the abuse survivors were in Catholic churches.

Another 14.7 percent of the accused churches were based on an Anglican belief, while another 7.3 percent were in the Salvation Army.

The Royal Commission found that most of the adult perpetrators in institutional settings had their actions driven by opportunistic scenarios rather than due to their own innate perverse sexuality.

Institutional Perpetrators

Children are rarely listened to in institutions. Combine that with the tendency of our society to eroticise the relationship between a socially powerful person and a minor, and you have yourself an international issue.

Based upon the percentage of abuse cases happening in churches, it is not too surprising that most of the adult perpetrators – 2,113 of them, to be exact – held positions of power in the religious ministry.

The abuse survivors also reported 1,378 of their perpetrators were teachers, followed by 902 residential care workers. It is believed that the compulsory celibacy sworn by the religious ministry and clericalism plays a major role in promoting child sexual abuse.

Commission Recommendations

Since the problem lies within the institutions, and individuals higher up the hierarchy within these institutions are usually the perpetrators, the Royal Commission recommended independent oversight bodies to monitor, enforce and delegate the responsibilities for Child Safe Standards in each Australian state and territory.

As for priests and clergies in churches, their training geared towards ethical child protection and relationships will be a crucial early-intervention point, and suggestions to place more women in church leadership positions could better help protect children.

However, the latter recommendation will require a reform on a much larger scale to deal with the aftermath.

The Royal Commission further recommended that children cared for in residential institutions and other out-of-home care systems be given more opportunities to participate and make some decisions to disrupt the power dynamics in these places.

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The 20 Stages Of Instagram-Stalking Your Crush, As Told By 'Mean Girls'

Whether you love the presence of technology in your dating life or not, it's probably there.

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Far too often we wait for that follow request or Snapchat add to know that a boy is interested. We look to those notifications for validation of that mutual interest.

There is nothing quite like the freaking treasure trove that opens when a crush approves your follow request(or maybe you're silently looking if he is public). There is so much to do. This has now turned into an ~event~

All other priorities do. not. exist.

1. When he doesn't follow you back immediately

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Not mad, just disappointed. Actually, very mad. Seething, if you will. Honestly expected way more from Steve from Intro to Biology.

2. If he follows you first

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Hey! It's a little hard to see you down there since I'm ON CLOUD NINE RIGHT NOW!!! You text all your friends. These days, this is practically a marriage proposal. Time to start picking out wedding china? Can Vera Wang do this on such short notice?

3. If one of your friends also has a crush on him

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Sorry, Becky. Guess you'll just have to live with being a bridesmaid at our wedding.

4. If you don't follow him, but have a mutual friend who does: you ask them for screenshots

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He's private and you want to know what he is like without any consequences. You're just not ready to follow him yet, but you need some screenshots in your arsenal. This is case in point of why I should ABSOLUTELY not be considered a real adult for at least another five years.

5. Reading his bio

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The best thing it could be is just his name or school or maybe his frat. Or nothing if that is indicative of being a real live grownup who has a job(and I don't mean working at an IT start up your daddy found you). We don't really need an inspirational quote or something random that only two people understand. Your name is fine, thanks. Gentlemen, take a page out of Avril Lavigne's book and don't make everything so complicated.

6. Seeing how many followers he has

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This is something I don't really care about, but it can tell you a lot about the person. Like if they are a SoundCloud rapper trying to make it big and have clearly followed a ton of random people to try to get a follow back which has resulted in a sketchy follower-to-following ratio. If not, then they're probably normal.

7. Seeing how many photos he has

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There is nothing worse than thinking you are about to feast your eyes on all his photos only to discover that he has two photos and one is a group shot where his face is practically hidden. This will result in an hour of promising your friends that he is normal and good looking, despite what this feed might suggest.

8. Making sure he is not radiating jerk

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Saying "Saturdays are for the boys" is fine sometimes, but not every weekend. If he has more gym mirror selfies than the amount of Cosmopolitans Carrie Bradshaw has drank in her lifetime, it's time to move on. Unless you're working on a street corner, there is no need for you to be "just out here hustling/grinding."

9. Temptation to comment on a recent picture

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His hair looks really good! Or if he posts a picture of a party you saw him at this can be more tempting than buying cookies from Girl Scouts outside the grocery store. Resist, resist, resist.

10. Discovering you have a shared interest

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Oh my gosh, he went on spring break and you did too!! He went with ten friends to Panama City and you went home and ate Chinese food with your mom, but really, I don't see a difference there.

. 11. Stalking the most recent photo

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Is it with a girl? Is she prettier than you? If she commented an emoji it's freaking over. You sprint immediately to your closest grocery store and buy all the Ben and Jerry's.

12. Gathering of all the information

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Now we go into detective mode. Assuming at this stage that the dude actually had a decent amount of pictures, we now dig like Bob the Builder. We look for hobbies. We judge these hobbies. If you really like him, you concoct a plan to see how you can relate to these hobbies.

"Oh my gosh, I loveeeee fishing! I love it so much! Oh, you fish, you don't say? Look how much we have in common!"

13. Figuring out how close is he with his family

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Looking for how many times his parents surface on the IG. If you see he has siblings then if you are on a date one day you won't be trying to digest their names and ages, you'll already know. He will be blown away by your impeccable memory and interest in them.

14. Seeing something cool he did and becoming obsessed

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Maybe he studied abroad. All the heart eyes for the picture of him volunteering with Habitat for Humanity last April.

15. Pictures that make the world stop

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This might be him in a tux at a wedding with his grandma. It might be a swoon-worthy pic of him shirtless at the beach. It might be a picture of him and his wait for it… DOG and you die and blush and get so excited because you don't know what's cuter: him or the dog. These are the ones you screenshot for your friends.

16. All of a sudden it's been an hour

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You look at the clock, an hour has passed and you're in 2014. Great, now you know exactly what he wore to a middle school dance. Awesome!

17. When going into the tagged photos leads to being 3 people deep

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In tagged photos, you find previous girlfriends, and naturally, you have to stalk. Luckily, her account is public and you see that her best friend could easily be the next contestant on the Bachelor and probably win the whole thing. So you click on her profile and stalk her too. Then you see her boyfriend and look at his profile and feel genuinely hurt that you won't be getting an invite to their wedding.

18. Not blurting out everything the next time you see him

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You know you can absolutely NOT let on that you stalked him at all. Even though there were ten close calls, you did not accidentally like anything. Consider that a success. They should give out trophies for that. He doesn't need to know that you dropped your phone into the Oreo crumbs that were on your face at 2 a.m. As far as he knows, you simply approved his request and moved on with your life. If it comes up you should say "Oh, I didn't even remember we were friends on Instagram."

19. Crafting your first post with him being a follower

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It has to be hot, but it has to be effortless. You could do a selfie but you want him to know you have friends. But they can't look prettier than you. Should you be mysterious and post an artsy shot? Or post a travel throwback? *Books plane ticket to a cool destination just to take a pic he might like*

20. The first time he likes your post

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You feel like the definition of fabulous. A Snapchat is coming down the pike for sure. Ugh, how can you hate a culture and love it so much at the same time?

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Meet the Top Female Golfers of 2017. Can you Guess Who they Are?

Women's Golf is on the Rise - and we pay our Respects
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When we think golf, often names like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy come up, but we are about to change that placement in your mind. In this article, you will read about five of the best female golfers in 2017. 

Sandra Gal

She is easily one of the most popular female golfers of 2017. The German beauty was born back in 1985. She began playing golf early in her childhood and featured in the German National Team at the age of 17.

Long before anyone knew, she was winning titles and gaining limelight.

In 2007, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and within a year, turned pro. Sandra achieved T15 in 2011, T12 in 2012, and T19 and T25 in 2013, and is still playing on the LPGA Tour. She uses the Driver GBB Epic, 3 and 5 wood GBB Epic Sub-Zero, and a Callaway Chrome Soft.

Blair O'Neal

The US-born Blair O'Neal is another one of the favorite golfers from 2017. She was born in 1981 and started practicing the sport from the age of 13.

Soon she took her love for golf to the next level by becoming a professional golfer. She has two professional wins to her name.

Blair has successfully finished T68, T22, T64, T52, and T37, and is known to use the infamous Cobra drivers. She is a model on the side and is loved by millions for both of her elite professions.

Cheyenne Woods

Another one of the favorite female golfers from this year is Cheyenne Woods. She is a US National who is arguably the most famous female golfer around the globe. Cheyenne was born in 1990.

She found her love for golf in college where she won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.

After becoming professional in 2012, she has won two important tournaments including the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters where she won by a margin of two strokes. She uses a Nike VRS Covert Driver, a Nike RZN Black Ball, and Nike VR Pro wedges, etc.

Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr comes from the United States of America and was born in 1977.  Cristie has become quite a decorated female golfer with 26 professional wins to her name.

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Cristie has a staggering number of 19 wins on the LPGA Tour. One of the amusing facts about her is that she is naturally left-handed, yet plays golf with her right hand.

In her bag, you will find a PARSONS Driver, a Ping putter, and a Titleist-PRO V1 ball, etc. She is very active with social work and often spends time doing breast cancer charity work during her free time.

Belén Mozo

While talking about popular female golfers of the year, it would be unfair to miss out on the Spanish Belén Mozo. She was born in 1988 and turned professional in 2010.

Belen is currently playing on the LPGA Tour which she joined back in 2011, and the Ladies European Tour.

She received a 63T this year in Tech Championships—Indy Women.  The 2017 Masters win, her love for the gym, and her Spanish beauty, are only a few reasons why her fans love her.

As for the equipment, you will find an XR Sub Zero Driver, a Chrome Softball, and a Fers Apex Pro 16 etc

When we think golf, often names like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy come up, but we are about to change that placement in your mind. In this article, you will read about five of the best female golfers in 2017. 

Sandra Gal

She is easily one of the most popular female golfers of 2017. The German beauty was born back in 1985. She began playing golf early in her childhood and featured in the German National Team at the age of 17.

Long before anyone knew, she was winning titles and gaining limelight.

In 2007, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and within a year, turned pro. Sandra achieved T15 in 2011, T12 in 2012, and T19 and T25 in 2013, and is still playing on the LPGA Tour. She uses the Driver GBB Epic, 3 and 5 wood GBB Epic Sub-Zero, and a Callaway Chrome Soft.

Blair O'Neal

The US-born Blair O'Neal is another one of the favorite golfers from 2017. She was born in 1981 and started practicing the sport from the age of 13.

Soon she took her love for golf to the next level by becoming a professional golfer. She has two professional wins to her name.

Blair has successfully finished T68, T22, T64, T52, and T37, and is known to use the infamous Cobra drivers. She is a model on the side and is loved by millions for both of her elite professions.

Cheyenne Woods

Another one of the favorite female golfers from this year is Cheyenne Woods. She is a US National who is arguably the most famous female golfer around the globe. Cheyenne was born in 1990.

She found her love for golf in college where she won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.

After becoming professional in 2012, she has won two important tournaments including the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters where she won by a margin of two strokes. She uses a Nike VRS Covert Driver, a Nike RZN Black Ball, and Nike VR Pro wedges, etc.

Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr from the United States was born in 1977. She is quite a decorated female golfer with 26 professional wins to her name.

Cristie has a staggering number of 19 wins on the LPGA Tour. One of the amusing facts about her is that she is naturally left-handed, yet plays golf with her right hand.

In her bag, you will find a PARSONS Driver, a Ping putter, and a Titleist-PRO V1 ball, etc. She is very active with social work and often spends time doing breast cancer charity work during her free time.

Belén Mozo

While talking about popular female golfers of the year, it would be unfair to miss out on the Spanish Belén Mozo. She was born in 1988 and turned professional in 2010.

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Belen is currently playing on the LPGA Tour which she joined back in 2011, and the Ladies European Tour.

She received a 63T this year in Tech Championships—Indy Women.  The 2017 Masters win, her love for the gym, and her Spanish beauty, are only a few reasons why her fans love her.

As for the equipment, you will find an XR Sub Zero Driver, a Chrome Softball, and a Fers Apex Pro 16 in her bag. Go Girl!

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