Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will inquire into how institutions, with a responsibility for children, have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
It will investigate where systems have succeeded and failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent, and better respond to, child sexual abuse in institutions.
The Commissioners can look at any private, public or non-government organisation that is, or was in the past, involved with children. This includes government agencies, schools, sporting clubs, orphanages, foster care and religious organisations.
The Commission will consider institutions where they consider an organisation caring for a child is responsible for the abuse or where they consider that the organisation did not responding appropriately, regardless of where or when the sexual abuse took place.
Participating in the Royal Commission
Individuals, and organisations on behalf of one or more individuals, who wish to tell the Royal Commission about their experiences of child sexual abuse in an institutional context are invited to register their interest by:
To tell your story to the Royal Commission, you can make a written statement, and submit this by email or by post. You can also call the Royal Commission to arrange to tell your story in person or over the telephone.
As well as listening to stories of individuals and groups, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse holds hearings to consider evidence about child sexual abuse in institutions, and to find out about failures and successes in preventing abuse.
To find out more about the Royal Commission, visit the Royal Commission website: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/
Counselling and Support
Sexual Assault Counselling Australia provides counselling, information and referral. The service is available from 8am to 11pm (AEST), Monday to Friday.
Contact: 1800 211 028
In addition to the telephone services offered by Sexual Assault Counselling Australia, there are a range of support services throughout the country that are available to assist. Information about the services that are available in each state and territory is available on the Sexual Assault Counselling Australia website: www.sexualassaultcounselling.org.au