Why don't people disclose?
There are a various reasons why people do not disclose abuse or harmful behaviour, for example:
- Limited capacity, particularly with children or persons with disabilities
- Fear of not being believed
- Fear of being blamed or judged
- Not confident action will be taken
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Final Report: Vol. 4, p. 10.
How Children Disclose
- Most likely to tell their parents or caregivers
- Teenagers are more likely to tell their friends or peers
- Girls are more likely to disclose than boys
- A child may disclose by accident (e.g. behaviour or drawings)
- A child may `alert adults` using vague statements
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Final Report: Vol. 4, p. 28.
How Adults Disclose
- More likely to tell a trusted or independent person
- May only partially disclose to test how people respond
- May disguise their disclosure by seeking advice (e.g. asking for a friend or family member)
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Final Report: Vol. 4, p. 29.
``The Archdiocese of Brisbane is committed to responding effectively when disclosures, suspicions or allegations of abuse arise.``
Archdiocese of Brisbane 2018 - 2020 Safeguarding Strategy