The Royal Commission public hearing into the abuse of young children at St Joseph's orphanage, Neerkol just outside Rockhampton in Queensland started on Tuesday with an opening statement from Counsel assisting the Commission, and the first of 12 former child residents giving their evidence.
This week's hearing in Rockhampton into the St Joseph's orphanage at Neerkol has been a tragic and sorry story of abuse suffered by some of the youngest children in some of the worst circumstances you can imagine.
It is clear that the former residents who have given evidence this week were the victims of very harsh conditions and physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said "The report found that current child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers appear to be effective at increasing children's ability to recognise inappropriate touching and that in general, this knowledge is maintained over time.
TJHC addresses international gathering of priests in Sydney
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council met with 45 members of the Scalabrinian Missionaries at their Provincial Assembly in Sydney this week. In a wide-ranging discussion Mr Sullivan outlined the work of the Council and its engagement with the Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He spoke about the extent of abuse in the Church since the 1930s and about the cultural and formation issues that may have contributed to the abuse.