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About Operation Paradox


Operation Paradox is the largest community awareness campaign against child sexual abuse in Australia. Operation Paradox aims to increase community awareness of child sexual abuse and the role police play in protecting children at risk.

Operation Paradox began in 1990 as a partnership between the NSW Police Force and the Department of Community Services to provide a united front against child sexual abuse. Since then, Operation Paradox has received over 7000 calls.

What Is Child Sexual Abuse?
There are different forms of child abuse. These include sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect.

Case studies of child sexual abuse
Here are some case studies of child sexual abuse.

Child Sexual Abuse – The Facts

Possible Signs Of Sexual Abuse
If you know a child who exhibits a number of the following characteristics, they could be a victim of sexual abuse.

What Happens If I Report Child Sexual Abuse To Operation Paradox?

When you ring Operation Paradox an operator will ask whether the call relates to child sexual assault. The operator will then obtain as much detail as possible on the offender, child or current risk. All information is then assessed prioritised and disseminated to appropriate agencies for response. All information will remain strictly confidential. You can also provide information anonymously.


How Else Is The NSW Police Force Tackling Child Sexual Abuse?

Serious criminal child abuse is now being tackled by specialist teams. Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) are made up of specially trained child protection officers from both DOCS and NSW Police. JITs jointly investigate child abuse allegations that may involve a criminal offence – for example, child sexual abuse or serious criminal assault. JITs also draw on the expertise of other government departments such as NSW Health, to maximise support to victims and families.

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