Recent high profile events reported in the Australian media involving the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches have drawn attention, at least in legal and dispute resolution circles, to the issue of whether it is appropriate to use mediation and similar processes to deal with disputes arising out of allegations of sexual abuse. This is a difficult and emotional issue which, unless kept in context, has the potential not only to polarise views within the ADR community, but also to undermine the credibility of ADR in Australia.
"Mediation in sexual abuse cases: opportunism or anathema?,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 5
, Article 1.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol5/iss3/1