1.1.S.30 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 accepted 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 3 Eligibility & entitlement to redress

Last reviewed: 1 July 2019