Story: Child abuse

Cartoon about child abuse, 2000

Cartoon about child abuse, 2000

This cartoon by Malcolm Evans explores topics of blame and accountability in relation to child abuse cases. It suggests that police, health professionals and social workers are often blamed by the public when system failures mean abuse is not detected in time. However, those closest to the victim – family, friends and neighbours – are more truly accountable.

Courtesy of Malcolm Evans

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Malcolm Evans

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Child abuse - High-profile child-abuse cases', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 Apr 2018