LNP Shadow Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Stephen Bennett has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to take immediate action to fight sexual violence in Queensland.
"A month after Labor announced $12 million to fight sexual violence in Queensland, we've seen absolutely no action from the Government to stamp out these hideous crimes," Mr Bennett said.
"Sadly, this lack of action is after the Palaszczuk Labor Government sat on the final report into Youth Sexual Violence for 16 months, while Queensland women and children were suffering.
"This is completely unacceptable and Queensland women and children deserve better.
"While the Palaszczuk Labor Government sits back and does nothing, more than 2,000 reports of rape and attempted rape were made across Queensland.
"Even more shockingly, statistics show that the number of cases of children suffering sexual abuse or at risk of future sexual abuse is rising under the Labor Government.
"Queensland women and children are suffering and living in fear and this Labor Government needs to take action immediately.
"It is clear that this is a Government that can't protect Queenslanders."
While the Government does nothing:
· 2,099 reports of rape and attempted rape were reported in the 2017/18 financial year (average of 40 a week)
· Child safety statistics show that substantiated cases of children suffering sexual abuse, or being at unacceptable risk of future sexual abuse, are on the rise under the Labor Government.
o The worst increases of substantiated harm (all types of harm) in the year from March 2017 to March 2018 have been in Far North Qld (5.4 per cent increase) and South West Qld (8.1 per cent increase)
o As further revealed in Estimates, there were nine reported cases of child sexual abuse occurring in foster care.