Update: Child Grooming
16 December 2013
The Victorian Government has responded quickly to a key recommendation contained in Betrayal of Trust, the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations. It has introduced a Bill into Parliament to make it an offence to groom a child, their family or carer to facilitate sexual abuse of the child.
The Catholic Church in Victoria welcomes the introduction of the grooming offence as an important initiative to protect children and as a deterrent to sexual predators. We are committed to working constructively with government to assist in its implementation.
A person will commit the offence of grooming if they are 18 years of age or older and communicate with a child under 16, their family or with a person having care, supervision or authority in respect of the child, with the intention to facilitate involving the child in a sexual offence. Read more...