#AceNewsReport – Dec.15: Editor says it took 5-years and thousands of interviews of abused victims but now the question have we learned the lesson or will this happen again and again here’s our report: A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children: The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse #AceNewsDesk reports
It’s being called a ‘A national tragedy’ – Australia’s five-year enquiry into institutional child sex abuse publishes its findings https://t.co/Quvvt4MhEq
BBC News December 15, 2017……The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs over decades……Among more than 400 recommendations, the report calls on the Catholic Church to overhaul its celibacy rules…….”Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions. We will never know the true number,” the report said……”It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples’. Society’s major institutions have seriously failed.”…….Since 2013, the royal commission has referred more than 2,500 allegations to authorities……..The final report, released on Friday, added 189 recommendations to 220 that had already been made public. The proposals will now be considered by legislators……..Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said “a national tragedy” had been exposed……
Who did the inquiry speak to?
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had the power to look at any private, public or non-government body involved with children.
It was contacted by more than 15,000 people. More than 8,000 victims told their stories, many for the first time in private sessions.
The scope of the inquiry
allegations referred to police since the inquiry began in 2013
- 230 prosecutions have commenced
- 41,770 calls received from members of the public
- 60,000 survivors may be eligible for compensation, estimates say
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The commission also received more than 1,300 written accounts and held 57 public hearings across the nation. Allegations were raised against more than 4,000 institutions.
Religious ministers and school teachers were the most commonly reported perpetrators, the report said. The greatest number were in Catholic institutions.
- Catholic Church ‘abused 4,400 children’ in Australia
- Anglican Church receives 1,115 abuse complaints
- Jehovah’s Witness church ‘hid 1,000 alleged abusers’
What did it recommend?
The commission had previously recommended that Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they fail to report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession.
The final report on Friday urged Australian Catholic bishops to petition the Vatican to amend canon law to allow priests to report such disclosures.
It also said the Catholic Church should consider making celibacy voluntary for priests because while it was “not a direct cause of child sexual abuse”, it had “contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse, especially when combined with other risk factors”.
The BBC’s Hywel Griffith in Sydney said applying mandatory reporting to confession would trigger debate across the Catholic world, and has raised questions for bodies far beyond Australia’s borders.
Among its other major findings, the inquiry recommended:
- A nationally implemented strategy to prevent child sex abuse
- A system of preventative training for children in schools and early childhood centres
- A national office for child safety, overseen by a government minister
- Making it mandatory for more occupations, such as religious ministers, early childhood workers and registered psychologists, to report abuse…..
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