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Racism puts Aboriginal kids at abuse risk

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July 12, 2017

Researchers say systemic racism heightens the risk of Aboriginal children being sexually abused.

Systemic racism contributes to a heightened risk of Aboriginal children being sexually abused in institutions, research has found.

The research report released by the child abuse royal commission on Wednesday suggests a strong connection to culture can help protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from being abused in institutions.

"We have highlighted the racist social attitudes that dehumanised, denigrated and sexualised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and empowered perpetrators by providing legal and social sanction to high levels of sexual and other violence committed against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples," the report said.

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