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Churchgoers urged to pressure their churches to join the child sex abuse redress scheme
Parishioners should pressure their churches to face up to the crimes committed against child sexual abuse survivors, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said.
• Victoria and NSW will sign up to National Redress Scheme, which provides up to $150,000 for abuse survivors
• Their decision means churches, charities in those two states can now sign up
• PM Malcolm Turnbull says “justice demands” churches sign up to the scheme
Victoria and New South Wales have agreed… (cont.)
In the awaited days before the final report from #caRoyalComm, some of the deepest volleys have been made. Amongst the tidal wave of sexual immorality of the Entertainment Industry, no punches are being pulled with Cardinal Pell (Catholic) & Graeme Russell Lawrence (Anglican) leaders being brought before Australian Courts. Notice a pattern forming here? …
For all of those Survivors, Family-Friends & Caregivers of ChildSexualAbuse at BBC – it pleases me to note that I’ve recently been in contact with a Journalist, previous Old Boys’ (OCA) Staff & another Survivor. Although nothing happens ‘instantly’, particularly re: damages from CSA Perpetrators – it’s releaving to have spoken with some of those effected. It’s possibly more rewarding to help the wider-public realise some truths, which would otherwise have been hidden.
Having personally been alerted by some specific articles of women’s ‘targetting, denials, manipulation & abuses’, I had become involved with the #HarveyWeinstein drama via #MeToo. Reflecting on this from a wider perspective, some have realised the overlapping (no pun intended)) similarities with #ChildSexualAbuse. Even though my personal legal-claims are currently removed, I’m passionate for other Surviving Adults & Families. I hope to have more discussions RE: SH-CSA matters, online or privately.
“Prevention, Identification & reporting, Response, Justice for Victims” are the 4 key areas considered by the Royal Commission in this 5th Chapter.
*The below is a chapter summary only of the Interim Report. You can download the chapter in full at the bottom of the page.
What we are learning about responding to child sexual abuse
As Chapter 4 noted, there are four key areas we must consider in our work:
Prevention How to better protect children against sexual abuse.
Identification and reporting
How to ensure:
children, staff, parents and the community can
children disclose abuse quickly
people and institutions report allegations, incidents or
risks of abuse.
Response How to eliminate or reduce obstacles so institutions respond effectively to reports of abuse.
Justice for victims How to address or alleviate the impact of abuse and ensure justice for victims.
This chapter looks at identification and reporting, response and justice for victims.
Identification, disclosure and reporting
Child sexual abuse in institutions is widely under-reported, despite legal obligations.
Individuals and institutions often fail to identify children who have been abused.
Many survivors delay disclosure for years and even decades.
Mandatory reporting laws exist across Australia but they are inconsistent and many people are unaware of their responsibilities under those laws.
There is always a risk that child sexual abuse will occur, and it is essential that institutions respond effectively when it does.
Institutions must respond effectively to reports or information about allegations, incidents or risks of child sexual abuse. Effective responses can help to stop abuse, keep victims safe, ensure accountability and prevent future abuse.
Ineffective responses, meanwhile, can allow abuse to continue, compound the harm of the abuse, impede justice and undermine abuse prevention.
Many institutions treat their duty to respond to reports of abuse seriously and have improved their responses over time. However, the evidence emerging of institutional failures to respond will shock the Australian community, both in their scale and seriousness.
Justice for victims
Justice for victims of abuse is crucial, but emerging evidence shows that victims have often been denied justice by criminal or civil systems or redress schemes.
We are consulting widely to understand how these measures can be improved.
If canning is rated as #ChildSexualAbuse, there may be many more Schools responsible 4 abuses from their staff (the Herald). Following the public revelation that a NSW Catholic School (St Stannies, Bathurst) had begun apologising for Abuses suffered from staff, the Final Report of the Royal Commission of Institution Responses to Child Abuse is awaited in Dec 17. 6 months to go & entire schools are making apologies. Imagine what could be had, with schools covering entire groups of deceptive teachers, covering abuse of the students, paying amounts of ‘hush money’ for families to remain silent, while the entire time not revealing these public truths to incoming students or their families (targets?).
Following my discussions with related Commissioners, Staff & Counsellors, I’ve realised that many of these Perpetrators had been networking at both a Deceptive, Illegal & Perpeated level. Through these moments, they’ve been able to manipulate, coerce, psychologically abuse & so on with their targets and related community. Disappointed Victims feel robbed, when their own family hide behind a ‘nothing wrong has happened’ veil.
Following recent doco on Fairview (WA) by British Child Abuse Investigators & ABC 730 Report pieces, the targeting of vulnerable & low-SES people has been confirmed (BBC Old Boys’ Busaries are immediately brought into question). A deeper Legal concern, may also be mounting: were these ‘academic awards’ granted, as an automated deception of regular, pre-planned CSA Abuse?
As further demonstration of what’s been predicted, my own mother had reacted to my eventual Phone call with them that “(I) had chosen to never speak with them”. Even though I tried to correct her, by reminding them of what I had previously said before my moving into my new Residence: She had earlier agreed that “after I finish a large amount of moving, I’d be able to speak with her”. As further proof that she no longer uses their earlier ‘promise’ to “always use a written diary, as a 3rd-eye POV for (my) history”, I again tried to remind her of this – to which she reacted in denial/tension. It appeared that SKR was (again) ‘pulling the strings’ of EMB’s actions. I even had a chance to discuss `with them that I’d been told by my Legal Staff that I did have oppurtunity to ask NVS & others to vacate my Court Case with SKR. EMB seemed to ignore this. Remainder of call was EMB pausing, not answering & disagreeing. Unsurprisingly, EMB had ended this Phone call – after stating that I didn’t call her anymore!?
Of concern was that EMB recalled portions of other CSA Survivors’ history, yet seemed to remain in complete denial that I had endured any of mine – despite being under their ‘parental adult’ care for all of it.