Royal Commission arrives in South Australia

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 registerinterest@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au; 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

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UK Apology to Former Child Migrants | 3rd Anniversary | 24/02/2013

 

Prime Minister, David Cameron said:
"Three years after the nation apologised to the victims of the child migration schemes it is important that we never forget their suffering.  I am pleased that, through the Family Restoration Fund, we have been able to help repair some of the damage that families suffered."

 


Gordon Brown MP said:
"The work of the Child Migrants Trust over the last 26 years has been instrumental in helping thousands of innocent children come to terms with their ordeal. They were deported, robbed of their childhoods and deprived of contact with their families. As Prime Minister in 2010 I offered an apology on behalf of the nation for the part the UK played in this shameful practice. Today, it remains as important as ever that we are mindful of the mistakes of the past - and that we continue to do all we can to ensure that former child migrants enjoy the same rights and privileges as we all do. I offer my very best wishes and heartfelt thanks to the Trust which continues to carry out its vital work."

Click on the video links below to view the 2010 statement by Gordon Brown and the response of Harold Haig, Secretary of the International Association of former Child Migrants and their Families:


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Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The federal government announced today the Terms of Reference and appointment of six Royal Commissioners for the inquiry into child sexual abuse in institutional settings. They include professionals working in the fields of law, politics, psychiatry and public policy.

Further information about the Royal Commission, including the Terms of Reference, can be found on its website at: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/about-us

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