The quality of silence: observations on reporting child sexual abuse

Observations of societal factors obstructing child victims and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse from reporting their abuser.

Dr Matthew McVarish, during his award-winning project, 'The Road to Change' walked ten thousand miles visiting 32 European nations raising awareness of child sexual abuse on television, radio and newspapers in 30 languages. The Scottish Government commissioned Dr McVarish to share his experiences in this report. In this report, Dr McVarish shares his observations of best practice, the current situation for child victims and adult survivors and their future prospects, gained from his encounters with survivors, agencies, police parliamentarians and government personnel from across Europe. He also shares his own personal journey through support from organisations, police and the judicial system in Scotland.


Email: Julie Crawford,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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