Royal Commission closes registrations for private sessions
The Royal Commission will close registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016.
The first private session was held on Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Parramatta, NSW, and this month, the Royal Commission completed its 5,000th private session in Queensland. There are more than 1,500 people currently waiting for a private session.
"The Commissioners recognise that for individuals who have been traumatised by sexual abuse giving an account of their experiences and telling their story to a Commissioner is, for many survivors, an important part of their personal journey," Justice McClellan said.
Late last week the Royal Commission made the significant announcement that registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016 - a clear indication that the Royal Commission is now entering into the final phase of its life. The private sessions have provided crucial information to the Commission's investigations and played a very real part for many survivors in their personal journey of recovery.
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Pope Francis railed against the sexual abuse of children in a weekly address in St. Peter's Square Sunday, calling any such abuse a "tragedy" and saying the church cannot tolerate the matter and "must severely punish the abusers."
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'We have learnt from the hearings of the Royal Commission how empowering it is for those who have suffered to tell their stories and for those stories to be heard and believed,' he said.