Berry Street commends the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which concluded today, for the way they have without fear or favour exposed the depth and extent of child sexual abuse within institutions.
Berry Street Director of Public Policy says, “Firstly we acknowledge the courage and commitment of those who shared their personal experience of abuse with the Royal Commission. Without their contribution, the Commission’s work would have lacked the humanity and depth required to give the public a true understanding of the insidious nature of institutional abuse and the harm it has caused many thousands of people”.
He said, ” The final report, to be handed to the Governor-General tomorrow, needs to be publicly released as soon as possible so recommendations can be examined and efforts increased to ensure children are never again systematically abused and betrayed as so many have been.”
“Reports already released by the Commission in 2015 called for a National Redress Scheme to be established for survivors; thus far governments have failed to agree on the parameters for such a scheme leaving survivors stranded with no way to access justice and redress on fair terms for the abuses they suffered.”
“Berry Street would willingly join a truly independent national redress scheme for survivors that addresses all forms of institutional child abuse, nothing less will deliver justice to all survivors” he said.
“In the coming weeks, Berry Street will carefully examine the findings from the final report and will use the recommendations to shape our work with children. ” he said.
Berry Street provided detailed evidence to the inquiry about the need for a national redress scheme and the prevention of sexual and other forms of abuse of children in Out-of-Home Care.
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