Sexually transmissible infections in young people need to be contextualised with the underlying community prevalence and the age of sexual debut. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people hereafter respectfully referred to as Aboriginal people living in remote communities often face the brunt of public scrutiny because of careless reporting on sensitive issues. The consequence of such reporting can be stigmatising for individuals and communities, creating shame and potentially forcing the issues further underground, rendering them harder to manage. One such issue is the occurrence of sexually transmissible infections STIs in young people that is often depicted as demonstrating child sexual abuse. While such activity is both unlawful and known to present health hazards, jurisdictions around Australia have recognised circumstances in which criminal proceedings are not in the best interest of those involved.
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Devries conceptualized, designed, and conducted all analyses and wrote the article. Free supervised the design of the present analyses. Morison provided input into the design and statistical advice about the analyses. Saewyc provided input into the design and conduct of the analyses. All authors commented critically and revised the article.
Child abuse and family violence in Aboriginal communities
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Instead, the report laid the blame squarely on a culture of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory. Alcohol causes the death of an Aborigine every 38 hours, with a quarter of the deaths in the Northern Territory. In , 21, people were taken into police protective custody in the territory. Between and , there were 2, assaults and sexual assaults per year due to alcohol.