Royal Commission Media Release:
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has arrived in South Australia. The Royal Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Janette Dines, announced that face-to-face private sessions with Commissioners start this week in Adelaide and will continue during July.
Private sessions have been running in Sydney and Brisbane over recent weeks and Ms Dines said that the Royal Commission is very happy with the response to date. “People who have come to a private session tell us that it was a positive and very worthwhile experience.”
Private sessions are conducted in an informal setting in the presence of one or two Commissioners.
“We understand how difficult it can be for people to come forward and talk about what happened to them. There are trained counsellors available to provide immediate support to anyone in distress. We also encourage people to bring a support person with them such as a friend or family member.”
Ms Dines said that a large number of people are telling their story for the very first time. “Many people have said that after years of keeping silent, they feel safe to speak out.” Ms Dines said that people have different reasons for coming forward. “Some people want the Royal Commission to know what happened to them as a child and the impact it has had on their lives. Many people are telling us that they want to help make institutions safer for children in the future.”
“This will not be the only opportunity for South Australians to come forward to tell their story. We will be in Adelaide during July and will return to South Australia as many times as it takes to hear peoples’ stories.”
The Royal Commission encourages people affected by child sexual abuse in an institution to register to tell their story to the Royal Commission by:
1) Telephoning 1800 099 340
2) Emailing email@example.com; or
3) Writing to GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001
If you need more information, including about support services, visit the Royal Commission’s website at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
Media enquiries: Mr Chris Taylor 0477 708 469