Little Children Are Sacred: Exploring Accountability to Australia’s Aboriginal Children

This collection explores controversial measures taken by the federal government of Australia within the Northern Territory, ostensibly to address the issue of sexual abuse of Aboriginal children.

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Little Children Are Sacred: Exploring Accountability to Australia's Aboriginal Children (March 2008) by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence for VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

What does accountability – personal, organizational and institutional – look like in the face of violence and oppression against people whose lives appear far removed from our own? The federal government of Australia has taken controversial measures within the Northern Territory, ostensibly to address the issue of sexual abuse of Aboriginal children. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians respond to the federal government and in doing so, encourage us all to examine how responses to the question, “what can I do” lie within us (personal change), outside of us (organizing and activism for social change), or in some combination thereof.

This collection explores accountability to aboriginal children in the Northern Territory of Australia through a critical analysis of government action (and inaction) - presented generally as its follow-up to recommendations in the Little Children are Sacred report of 2007 - and a review of the community-based response to the government interventions.