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Expert Interview – News media’s influence on the public perception of CSE

March 30, 2023
The influence of news media on public perception of child sexual abuse and exploitation

After her informative presentation at our first Monthly Brown Bag session, we sat down with Dr Kerry McCallum to expand on her research into media reporting on child sexual abuse.

This expert interview paper takes a deeper dive into the influence that media discourse can have on public perception and awareness of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and how it can affect victim-survivors. 

Since our event in February, Dr McCallum and her team at the News and Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra have published the Media Guidelines for reporting on child sexual abuse, commissioned by the National Office for Child Safety (NOCS), which you can find here

Download a copy of this examination into news reporting, public perception, awareness, and how the response community can contribute to better outcomes for children.

Download your copy of this discussion paper here

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