1.1.S.40 Sexual abuse


Sexual abuse of a child is when someone involves a person under the age of 18 in sexual activities that they do not understand, or that are against community standards.

Child sexual abuse may include (but is not limited to):

  • sexual touching of any part of the body, either clothed or unclothed
  • preparing or encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity
  • sex of any kind with a child
  • persuading or forcing a child to engage in sexual activity
  • sexual acts done by an adult of any gender, to a child of any gender.

If an institution was responsible for a child coming into contact with the person who sexually abused them, then the National Redress Scheme considers that institution responsible for the abuse. Independent decision-makers will consider a range of factors to decide whether this is the case.

Act reference: NRSAct section 6 The Dictionary

Policy reference: Redress Guide 2 Who can apply for redress

Last reviewed: 13 August 2018