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Harmful Thoughts

17 September 2022
4.00pm – 5.00pm AEST
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Harmful Thoughts

Australia is facing a child sexual abuse epidemic, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the stories of high-profile survivors have brought these crimes to light. The numbers are shocking, and the online world is even worse. But this is not a crimewave we can arrest our way out of.  Criminal justice is not enough, and the revulsion child sexual abuse inspires can paralyse more effective responses. However, there is a window for child sexual abuse prevention if we are not too scared to seize it. It’s time to engage earlier with people concerned about their sexual thoughts or behaviours towards children, so that fewer children become victims in the first place.  


Standard – $25

Multipack tickets are on sale now! Single tickets will be released closer to the Festival dates (and will be subject to availability). 

A multipack consists of 3 or more tickets to different FODI talks. After you have selected 3 or more tickets to different talks*, you may also add additional individual tickets to your order. Purchasing a multipack will provide a 15% discount across your entire cart (discount applied at check out).  

*Free sessions are not included in the 3 different sessions needed to create a multipack. No concession pricing is available for multipacks, and booking fees apply.  

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This event will take place live at Carriageworks.


The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority. This event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry, and check back here for updated information prior to the event.

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Face masks are recommended.


Wheelchair Accessible
Carriageworks has a wheelchair ramp and level access at all entrances. There is level access and accessible seating available in all venues along with multiple accessible toilets. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way, with entry via 229 Wilson Street. The closest train station with wheelchair access is Newtown Station.

Access Services
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Carriageworks is easily accessible via public transport. It is an eight-minute walk from Redfern Station, a 10-minute walk from Macdonaldtown Station or 15-minute walk from Newtown Station along with numerous bus routes available. For trip planning, maps and ticket info, visit or call 131 500.

Limited on-site (with entry via 229 Wilson Street) and street parking is available. For additional transport information visit the Carriageworks website.


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UNSW Centre for Ideas
For all other enquiries, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Emma A. Jane

Emma A. Jane

Emma A. Jane – previously published as Emma Tom – is a writer and academic based at UNSW Sydney. Her research interests are eclectic and include: ethical tech design; artificial intelligence; sex and gender; LGBTQI+ issues; and wrangling super wicked problems in complex systems. Prior to her career in academia, Associate Professor Jane spent nearly 25 years working in the print, broadcast, and electronic media. Over the course of her working life, she has received multiple awards and prizes for her scholarly work, her journalism, and her fiction. Diagnosis Normal is her 11th book. 

Jayne Crossling

Jayne Crossling

Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling has been a member of the Australian Federal Police for 32 years. Over that time, she has worked across a number of crime types across Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and now Brisbane. For the past five years she has been responsible for the oversight of teams investigating human trafficking, online child sexual exploitation and cybercrime. She also leads teams responsible for online child sexual exploitation prevention and education. She is the national lead for the human trafficking and online child sexual exploitation crime types for the AFP. 

Matt Tyler

Matt Tyler

Matt Tyler is Executive Director of The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services working with a team committed to providing leadership on the reduction of violence and other harmful behaviours prevalent among boys and men by intervening earlier. He brings over 10 years of experience across the private, public, academic, and community sectors. He has particular expertise translating research into practice to improve social services including within child protection, family violence, criminal justice and mental health. In collaboration with Melbourne University, since early 2019 he has worked to bring Stop it Now! to Australia and is also working on a number of other initiatives to prevent child sexual abuse. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, Honours in Economics (University Medal) from Monash University, and a B.A (Psychology) / B.Comm (Finance) from the University of Melbourne. 

Michael Salter

Michael Salter (Chair)

Dr Michael Salter is a Scientia Associate Professor of Criminology at UNSW Sydney, where he specialises in the study of child sexual abuse and exploitation. He is an advisor to a range of national and international agencies, including the eSafety Commissioner, White Ribbon Australia, the Grace Tame Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. He is the President-Elect of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.