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Monday, August 10, 2015

RC Robinson hearing, interviews with leading Catholic journalists, RC youth survey, Frankly speaking and more


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RC to hear evidence from retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

A public hearing to hear evidence from retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson will be held in Sydney on Monday 24 August 2015.

It will hear evidence from Bishop Robinson dealing with the the history and development of the Catholic Church's response to child sexual abuse prior to the introduction of Towards Healing.

It will also examine the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Sydney and the operation of Encompass Australasia.

Read TJHC media release here

Read RC media release here
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Frankly speaking...

The latest Royal Commission hearing which started last week into the Jehovah's Witnesses Church heard evidence that child sexual abuse survivors have received no redress from their Church community. I mention the Jehovah's Witnesses not to single it out but to highlight the pressing need for a national, independent child sexual abuse redress scheme. It was encouraging that the ALP National Conference last month passed a resolution to act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission, including a redress scheme for victims.

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RC research: What do kids think?

In a report published this week by the Royal Commission 128 children and young people ranging in age from 4-18 years, have identified what institutions should do to help them feel safe and be safe.

The report is  the second part of a major research project that aims to develop an understanding of how children perceive safety in institutions. 

Read the Royal Commission's media release.

Read the kids' summary.

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Eureka Street interview with prominent Catholic journalists about CSA crisis, the Royal Commission and life as a Catholic

Peter Kirkwood, from Eureka Street, speaks with the ABC's Geraldine Doogue and The Guardian Australia Opinion Editor, Adam Brereton, about the impact of the child sexual abuse scandal on their faith and their professional lives.

The two journalists, who are practising Catholics, have both reported on different aspects of the crisis.

They discuss the ongoing revelations and its impact on believers, forcing some to turn away, and demoralising many who remain.

Watch Eureka TV interview here
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RC young people's survey about safety in institutions

The Royal Commission is conducting a national online survey of children aged 10-18 years about their views on safety in institutions.

The survey is the third and final part of the Royal Commission's research project which is looking at how children perceive safety in institutions.

The survey will be live till the end of September. Schools, community services and other organisations can participate by registering as a cohort, or by promoting the survey to children and young people.

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