FixedIt: rape, sexual abuse and exploitation of children is not sex

Another man pleading guilty to sexual abusing children, another headline about “child sex”. This one from the Bunbury Mail. Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline. The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. […]... Read More

FixedIt: Why it matters that sexual abuse of children is not called “child sex”

Neville Raymond Budge, 56, was found guilty of 20 charges of an indecent act with a child. He then pled guilty to a further 4 charges. His victims were aged between 10 and 15. 8 victims were involved in the case. Geelong radio station Bay 93.9 reported this as “Pedo scout leader guilty on child […]... Read More

FixedIt: Children can’t have “sex” with adults, it’s abuse not sex

“Child sex offences” Every. Single. Day. IT IS NOT SEX. Children cannot have sex with adults because sex requires consent. Children cannot give consent, so by definition it’s not sex, it is rape, child abuse, sexual abuse or some other term that accurately describes a crime. Words matter, they express ideas and describe how we […]... Read More