Blind-reported child sex abuse cases may be reopened after hundreds not investigated

Denise, whose report of abuse was de-identified, says she feels let down.Child sexual abuse victim, Denise, as a child.

Hundreds of cases of child sex abuse going back decades may be reopened after the Catholic Church publicly abandoned a controversial practice known as blind reporting.

Key points:

  • Organisations reported abuse but removed name, meaning police unable to investigate
  • Over past eight years, NSW Police received 1,476 blind reports
  • Many reports relate to Catholic Church
  • Child abuse victims are now speaking out

Blind reporting occurs when an organisation passes on an allegation of child sex abuse, but strips the report of the name of the victim, meaning police are unable to investigate the report.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge has obtained documents under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws that, for the first time, reveal the extraordinary extent of blind reporting, which has potentially allowed hundreds of perpetrators to continue to abuse children.