Archive for March 21st, 2016
Victims tell their stories to Australia’s royal commission on child sexual abuse / National Catholic Reporter
Posted by Voice of the Faithful in Clergy Sexual Abuse, Voice of the Faithful on March 21, 2016
“In some respects, the story of the Australian government inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is a story that can be told in numbers.
“Since its first hearing three years ago, the inquiry — the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse — has received 29,223 telephone calls from victims and other interested parties, as well as 16,171 letters and emails. It has conducted 4,874 sessions in private (to provide, where requested, a safe and confidential environment for those testifying) and made 961 referrals to authorities, including police, many of which have resulted in arrests and charges …
“Numbers, of course, rarely tell the whole story. To the extent that the commission has been a cathartic experience both for individuals and more broadly, its impact is impossible to quantify.”
By Chris McGillion, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.