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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Royal Commission's latest issues paper and research report, Scottish Inquiry, Frankly Speaking and more

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October 2015
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Royal Commission calls for submissions on advocacy, support and therapeutic treatment services for CSA survivors

The Truth Justice and Healing Council is currently considering a response to the Royal Commission's 10th issues paper which is looking at advocacy and support and therapeutic treatments for child sexual abuse survivors.

It is anticipated that following a review of the submissions the Royal Commission will publish a consultation paper with final recommendations released in 2017.

Read RC media release

Support for abuse victims 'flawed'
AAP 1 October 2015

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Frankly speaking...

In his address to the United States Congress last week, Pope Francis singled out two 'giants' in the modern US Church – individuals of the Gospel who bravely forged pathways to address contemporary social ills and abuses of human dignity. The parallels for the challenge facing the Church over its handling of sexual abuse were obvious...

As the Royal Commission in Australia examines more church-based institutions we face increasing evidence that institution after institution has mishandled, covered up and unjustly dealt with victims, many of whom  have received little or no redress. Yet our governments seek to shift responsibility amongst themselves...

Read full blog here

Scotish Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care starts

An independent inquiry into the historical abuse of children in care in Scotland began its work on 1 October 2015. The inquiry, headed by Susan O'Brien QC, will report to Scotish Ministers within four years.

The Inquiry will seek to raise public awareness of the abuse of children in care, provide an opportunity for public acknowledgement of their suffering and serve as a forum for
validation of their experience

If you believe you may have information to share you can make initial contact with the Inquiry either by email: or post: Historical Child Abuse Inquiry, PO Box 24085, Edinburgh, EH7 9EA

Terms of Reference

Official Inquiry website

Victims lament slow start to Scottish abuse inquiry
The Tablet 1 October 2015

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RC releases research paper on reporting child sex abuse

The Royal Commission has released major research on understanding why some institutions fail to identify and report child sexual abuse. The research, 'Hear no evil, see no evil: understanding failure to identify and report child abuse in institutional contexts' offers findings on  factors that have contributed to the failure to protect children.

Read RC media release here

Read the full report here
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Coming up

Tuesday 20 October 2015
Francis Sullivan will give a lecture at the Australian Catholic University this month as part of the 2015 Blackfriars Lecture Series. Mr Sullivan will talk about the unique challenges facing the Catholic Church during the Royal Commission. All welcome.

5:30pm for 6:00pm (1 hour lecture)
Room B10, Blackfriars Building, ACU Canberra Campus
127 Phillip Ave,  Watson ACT
RSVP Essential
Friday 16 October to
Contact: Mary Moran P: 02 6209 1129

Read ACU flyer here


Monday 12 October 2015
Francis Sullivan will join local parishioners in conversation at a public forum about the work of the Truth Justice and Healing Council and the Royal Commission. All welcome.

7:15 for 7:30
Sacred Heart Girls College Oakley
113 Warragul Road HUGHSDALE
(SATNAV: 12 La Trobe Street Hughesdale)
Contact: Chris Dalton P: 03 9568 5488

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