The report, by former Supreme Court judge Ted Mullighan, found children had been selling sex for drugs, petrol and cash on the lands, in the state's far north.The report found that at least 1 in 10 children had been sexually abused (often repeatedly). The evidence came from the parents of the children. Because of fear of retribution not one victim would give a sworn statement (source)
This follows on from similar findings in other indigenous communities around Australia, for example, the Little Children are Sacred report.
The author of that report, Rex Wild QC, said the APY Lands report was the fifth such report to identify the same problems in indigenous communities.Although the current Rudd Labour government supported (when in opposition) the earlier Howard government 2007 intervention into the Northern Territory, no such intervention is planned in this case. While government and opposition fight over the "right approach", the child sexual abuse continues.
"It's about time somebody put them all together and said `there is a problem right around Australia ... let's resolve it for the whole of Australia, not just piecemeal'," he told ABC radio.
No indigenous intervention for SA