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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Commission's wrap up hearing announced, TJHC visits Victoria, Franky Speaking and more


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Commonwealth led CSA redress scheme announced

On Friday last week the Commonwealth Government announced it will establish and run a national redress scheme for the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

The Commonwealth and Prime Minister Turnbull should be applauded for taking a principled decision on this very important and difficult issue.

"For more than three years the Catholic Church, survivors and others have been calling for an independent, Commonwealth-run redress scheme that has the potential to respond to the claims of survivors consistently," Francis Sullivan said.

"Today's announcement, which is consistent with the Royal Commission recommendations and submissions by the Catholic Church, is the first step in delivery of such a scheme.

Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
4 November 2016

Catholic Church's TJHC welcomes Commonwealth CSA redress announcement
4 November 2016

Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
4 November 2016

Hunter survivors of child sex abuse welcome national compensation plan
Newcastle Herald - 4 November 2016

Porter announces national scheme for victims of child sexual abuse
ABC Radion National PM - 4 November 2016

   
 

Frankly speaking...

The announcement late last week by the Turnbull Government that it will establish and run a national redress scheme for the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse is a great decision that has the potential to be among the significant social policy reforms in recent history.

But the new scheme will only be truly effective if all institutions and all governments accept their responsibilities and commit to participating.

Latest from the Council

TJHC meets with community groups and others across Victoria

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, has met with seminarians, students, parishioners and child sex abuse advocates across Victoria over the past two weeks to promote the work of the Council and to brief interest groups on the progress of the Royal Commission.

Coming ahead of the Royal Commission's announcement this week of the 'wrap up' public hearing in February next year, Mr Sullivan said it is important that the Catholic community continues to approach the Commission openly, honestly and with a spirt of cooperation.

Read TJHC media release here

   

Commission's wrap up hearing

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing in February 2017 into the current policies and procedures of several religious institutions, including the Caholic Church in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

This hearing is expected to include consideration of factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse and how they may have effected the response.

The institutions to be examined are:
• Catholic Church authorities in Australia;
• Anglican Church authorities in Australia;
• Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi;
• Uniting Church in Australia;
• Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd

Read Commission release here

   
 
 

Marist Liturgy of Lament for abuse survivors

Marist College Canberra is holding a Liturgy of Lament this Thursday as part of its ongoing resonse to the historical sexual abuse that took place at the college. All are welcome to attend.

7:20pm for 7:30-8:30pm
Thursday 10 November 2016
Marist Canberra Quadlangle (Gymnasium if wet)
For catering and seating please RSVP: responses@mcc.act.edu.au

Marist to create permanent memorial, hold healing ceremony for abuse victims
Canberra Times - 5 November 2016

 
 

Young people reluctant to report sexual abuse

Children and young people are reluctant to speak out about sexual abuse, according to a survey for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The commission wants young people to play a role in making themselves safer in institutions like schools, churches and sporting clubs.

TJHC media release

OUR SAFETY COUNTS:
Children and young people's perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns

Australian Catholic University, Institute of Child Protection Studies
September 2016

Coming up

8 November 2016: Spirituality in the Pub, Notting Hill, Victoria
11 November 2016: Liturgy of Lament, Marist College Canberra

   
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