MARK COLVIN: On the third anniversary of the Northern Territory Intervention, the Territory’s child protection system has admitted that it can’t deal with the growing number of children needing help.
The intervention was launched in the Northern Territory’s Indigenous communities to protect children from abuse.
A new Federal Government report card shows that since the intervention began reports of child abuse and neglect have more than doubled. It’s a rise that the Government puts down to an increased police presence in the bush and better relations between Aboriginal people and police.
But what happens to the children who are the victims of abuse and neglect?
Sara Everingham reports…
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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