Future Directions

  • Ben Mathews
Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 7)


 This Chapter closes the book with words of caution and hope. The scale of child sexual abuse can seem overwhelming, and its connection to deeply embedded contributing factors can make it appear an insoluble problem. Yet, progress has been made and can continue. The Chapters in this book have noted multiple aspects of progress, focusing on legal and policy reforms, and social progress. In this chapter, I make concluding remarks, informed by material already covered in this book, but moving beyond it to indicate what we may perhaps aspire to in the next couple of generations.


Child sexual abuse Future policy priorities and possibilities Prevention efforts Schools Education Changing concepts of masculinity Sexual literacy Empathy and psychosocial skills Organisational reforms A manifesto for the Vatican Political reforms Promoting children’s rights Developing children’s capabilities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Mathews
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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