In its recent submission to the Royal Commission's Criminal Justice consultation paper the Truth Justice and Healing Council has recommended the creation of a new, nationally consistent criminal law, relating to the reporting of child sexual abuse.
The submission calls for a new provision in Australian law requiring a person who has information leading the person to form a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed against a child to disclose that information to the police unless the person has a reasonable excuse, as identified in the law, for not doing so.
A very common question put to me from parishioners and interested people alike is how can healing happen for those who have been abused. Not being an expert in the field I quickly defer to others. But when it comes to asking what we as a Catholic community can do to begin a collective expression of healing some ideas do come to mind.
Last round of public hearings announced by Royal Commission
The Royal Commission will hold a series of public hearings in Sydney to inquire into the current policies and procedures of more than 15 institutions in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.