ABC in 2006 aired a show that alleged significant child sexual abuse among Australian Aboriginal communities .
In response, the Australian government commissioned an investigation into child sexual abuse in the Northern Territory. That, in turn, resulted in controversial legislation known as “the intervention”. Many believe this did more harm than good.
The risk of Child Protection System involvement for Aboriginal children in Australia between 1986 and 2017 was some 7 times that of non-Aboriginal children . Much of this was due to the extreme poverty in which Aboriginal communities lived. Illness, drug addiction, and violence were related issues.
Racial bias on the part of government officials often led to harsh policies.
As a result:
- Aboriginal children were more than twice as likely as non-Aboriginal children to experience high levels of distress.
- Aboriginal children were less likely than non-Aboriginal children to receive formal education, and 18 times more likely to be admitted to youth detention.
- Aboriginal children had a shorter life expectancy than non-Aboriginal children (boys 10.8 years less, girls 8.6 years less). Continue reading