Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News
ISSTD Board Member Wins Award for Research into Organised Abuse
Dr Michael Salter, ISSTD Board member and current Chair of the ISSTD Ritual Abuse/Mind Control/Organised Abuse (RAMCOA) Special Interest Group, has been awarded the People’s Choice Award at the annual Research Impact Competition at Western Sydney University, Australia, in 2017. The annual Research Impact Competition is an initiative to celebrate research undertaken across the University. The Competition aims to recognise academic research that is having an impact in the “real world” – that is – an impact on services, policies and the organisations of our daily lives. One researcher from each School and Institute at the University is given the opportunity to apply to take part in the competition with the 12 finalists presenting during Research Week to an audience of targeted external stakeholders and University staff and students.
Each academic prepares a five minute presentation on the effects that their research has had on policy, practice and the broader community.
Dr Salter spoke about his research with adult survivors of organised sexual abuse and his collaborations with clinicians, policy-makers, police officers and international agencies. He was awarded the People’s Choice Award, based on the audience’s vote.
This honour is well-deserved and reflects the public’s growing interest in and acceptance of organised abuse as a serious issue and one worthy of research. The fact that Dr Salter’s research won the people’s choice award illustrates the growing capacity of Australia to accept and examine a serious issue, one which has been often denied or ignored.
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