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NSW and Vic Governments on the record supporting national CSA redress scheme

NSW Attorney General, Gabrielle Upton, has thrown the support the NSW Government behind the Royal Commission's national redress proposals.

The Victorian Government has also indicated its support for the scheme.

In a media statement Ms Upton says NSW Government supports the Commission's keystone recommendation to establish a single, national redress scheme.

"We believe this is the best way to ensure consistent, accessible justice for survivors regardless of where their abuse occurred.

The TJHC has welcomed the NSW and Victorian Governments support.

NSW and Victorian Governments support child abuse royal commission's call for national redress scheme
ABC Online - Novemeber 5, 2015

Maitland-Newcastle Catholic bishop backs federal help for victims
Newcastle Herald November 4,  2015

 
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Frankly speaking...

The South Australian Government continues to stand out from all states in its opposition to a national redress scheme for the survivors of child sexual abuse, despite the NSW and Victorian Governments now on the record supporting the plan.

Meanwhile the National Catholic Reporter in the US says research has put a $3.99 billion cost so far on the child sexual abuse crisis in the US Catholic Church.  The researchers call their numbers "solid" but also "a very conservative estimate."

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Commissioner McClellan speech to sexual abuse experts

Royal Commission Chair, Peter McClellan,  this week gave the opening address to the 7th Biennial International Research, Theory & Practice Conference of the Australia New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse in Melbourne.

The wide-ranging speech covered issues including the impact of child sex abuse, advocacy and support, prevention and redress.

The Commissioner provided details on the levels of redress provided through existing state-based schemes which, on average, provide less than both the Salvation Army and Catholic Church schemes.

SA bottom of abuse compensation table
AAP - November 5, 2015

Royal commission refers 800 sex-abuse cases to police
The Australian -  November 5, 2015

 
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The deep lasting financial cost of sex abuse

US publication National Catholic Reporter says recent research shows the child sexual abuse crisis has cost the Catholic Church in the US  $3.99 billion in direct payouts.

The research also says the church has lost some $2.3 billion in charitable giving over a 30-year period.

Editorialising on the report the NCR says that while the institutional church in the US has made great strides in recent years in stemming the incidents of sexual abuse by its clergy the  $3.99 billion cost of the crisis will never be recovered.

"The next step is to rebuild the trust of its people. A major step in that regard is working toward complete financial transparency at the diocesan level."

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NSW Parliament makes formal apology to victims of institutional abuse

Victims of institutional abuse at Fairbridge Farm have been given a standing ovation in the New South Wales Parliament following a formal apology from Premier Mike Baird.

"On behalf of the state of New South Wales I want to recognise all former child migrants who attended Fairbridge Farm in Molong, New South Wales," the Premier said.

"They were betrayed by the people whose job it was to protect them, they were betrayed by this state which did not ensure their safety.  I acknowledge the burden many of them carry each and every day as a result of their experiences.

"I am, we all are, deeply, deeply sorry."

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NSW to abolish time limits

The NSW government is moving to abolish the time limits for victims of childhood abuse to take legal action against the perpetrators.

Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton said the move would be considered in conjunction with a comprehensive package responding to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse, which has recommended lifting the statute of limitations.

Mike Baird to cut limits for child victims
The Australian -  October 30, 2015

 
 
 

Cardinal O'Malley releases statement on Spotlight film

The film Spotlight is an account of the investigation by Boston Globe reporters into the systemic sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church.

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston said in a recent statement that the media's investigative reporting on the abuse crisis instigated a call for the Church to take responsibility for its failings and to reform itself -- to deal with what was shameful and hidden -- and to make the commitment to put the protection of children first, ahead of all other interests.

Spotlight was released in Australia in October.

'Spotlight' shows how church was impelled to act, O'Malley says
Boston Globe - October 29, 2015

Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors Hope 'Spotlight' Film Brings Victims Forward
Voice of America - October 30, 2015

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