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Friday, December 4, 2015

UK child sexual abuse inquiry


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Archdiocese of Melbourne RC public hearing continues

Case Study 35, which is inquiring into the Archdiocese of Melbourne, is in its second week.

Evidence has been heard from a number of witnesses including survivors, teachers, police and senior clergy.

You can read the Truth Justice and Healing Council's daily updates on the Council's website.

 
Case Study 35
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Frankly speaking...

We are right in the middle of the latest public hearing of the child sex abuse Royal Commission. The examination of paedophile priests in the Melbourne Archdiocese has almost finished.

Two weeks into the hearings and there is a strange sense that the constant stream of abuse stories and maladministration by Church officials is becoming "old news"! Even seasoned journalists, like David Marr, have written of the sense of public fatigue that now surrounds the hearings.

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Marist Brothers adopt legal guidelines for dealing with civil claims

The Marist Brothers' Province of Australia has adopted recently released guidelines prepared by the TJHC on how Catholic Church authorities should respond to civil claims of child sex abuse.

Provincial, Br Peter Carroll said:  "The Marist Brothers are committed to repairing the damage cauused by past abuse in a way that reduces the potential for further trauma.

He said 'our Provincial Council has now adpoted the guidelines as our formal policy to govern the actions of the Brothers and our legal and other representatives in the management of civil claims'.
 

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All victims of abuse sanctioned by the state deserve the same right to compensation

George Williams, Professor of Law at the University of NSW has welcomed the support of the NSW and Victorian Governments for a national redress scheme, but, he writes in the Sydney Morning Herald, the debate has exposed the reluctance of governments to provide redress to others deserving of compensation.

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UK Child sexual abuse inquiry

Current MPs and the Catholic and Anglican churches will be investigated over historical child sex abuse claims in England and Wales, it has been announced.

The investigation will be led by Justice Lowell Goddard and will focus on high-profile allegations involving current or former members of parliament, senior civil servants, government advisers and members of intelligence and security agencies.

It will consider allegations of cover up and conspiracy and review the adequacy of law enforcement responses to these allegations.

It will be Britain's largest-ever public inquiry and is expected to take up to five years and cost tens of millions of pounds.

Child sexual abuse inquiry: Current MPs along with Catholic and Anglican churches to be investigated
The Independent - 27 November 2015

House of Commons research briefing

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Rio 2016: All sports must address child abuse issues to flush out offenders

Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates says every sporting organisation must flush out coaches and officials with a history of child ­sexual harassment or abuse. The Herald Sun reports this will be his key recommendation when he fronts the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse next April.

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Justice McClellan addresses International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociationeading

Royal Commision Chair, Justice McClellan, last weekend gave a wide ranging speech to the Australian and New Zealand Regional Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

 
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Public Hearing into Church of England Boys Society: Hobart

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing Wednesday 27 January 2016 at the Federal Court in Hobart.

The hearing will inquire into the responses of the Church of England Boys' Society and the Anglican Dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane to allegations of child sexual abuse made against lay people and/or clergy involved in or associated with the Church of England Boys' Society.

Written applications for leave to appear at the public hearing should reach the Royal Commission by 15 January 2016.

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Mercy Health

TJHC CEO Francis Sullivan addressed a forum of over 300 senior leaders from the Mercy Health network of health and aged care services across Australia in Melbourne this week.

In line with the theme of the forum, Ethical Leadership, Mr Sullivan raised issues arising for church leaders from the child abuse royal commission.

In a frank, and at times confronting conversation with delegates, he talked about the need to confront the past and set up a solid future that is safe for children and vulnerable people.

 

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