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POSTED 05-11-2016

Child sex abuse redress scheme finally gives survivors the respect they deserve

The Federal Government's announcement it will set up a national redress scheme for survivors of abuse is much-needed and long overdue.

Article by Michelle James for ABC news 05 November 2016

POSTED 04-11-2016

Australia announces $150,000 compensation for institutional child abuse victims, fails to oblige states and churches with opt-in scheme

In a first, Australian government has announced that survivors of institutional child abuse would be eligible for compensation up to $150,000 as part of a national redress scheme announced by the federal government. 

Brisbane News report 04 November 2016

POSTED 08-10-2016

99 candles in Ballarat

The powerful story of betrayal, denial and hope of Catholic sex abuse victims in Ballarat, Australia. Song available on CD. Based on factual interviews and real life experiences.

Song by Ian Whitehead, YouTube, Published on 08 October 2016

POSTED 14-09-2016

Abuse Royal Commission: Frank Ryan asked victim’s father not to go to police

The father of a boy who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest was asked by a senior cleric not to go to police and told that to do so might be harmful to his child.

The Australian report  13 September 2016

POSTED 07-09-2016

Pedophile at house after NSW 13yo's death

After 13-year-old Andrew Nash took his own life, a now-notorious pedophile Marist brother turned up to his house and asked his mother whether the boy had left a note.

Article by Rebekah Ison for Yahoo news, 06 September 2016

POSTED 05-09-2016

Hope that paedophile priest could be 'cured' was 'unrealistic'

A Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan official sent a priest who admitted to being attracted to young boys to a psychiatrist with the hope that he could be "cured," the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard on Friday. 

CathNews report, 05 September 2016

POSTED 31-08-2016

Abuse inquiry hears evidence of serial paedophile Catholic priest in NSW

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard harrowing details about the dark past of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese in New South Wales. Catholic priest Vincent Ryan was the focus of the first day of a highly-anticipated public hearing.

ABC News Podcast , 31 August 2016

POSTED 23-08-2016

Survivors of abuse in child care institutions protest for nationwide apology from police

Adults abused as children while staying in orphanages, children's homes, foster care and other care institutions have launched a campaign for a nationwide apology from police.

Article by Tom Nightingale for ABC news, 23 August 2016

POSTED 17-08-2016

Tears as sex abuse statute of limitations Bill introduced in Parliament

The Queensland Parliament took a step forward in giving institutional child sex abuse survivors greater, and fairer grounds for seeking civil justice, but for the LNP and cross bench, it did not go far enough.

Article by Amy Remeikis, Brisbane Times 17 August 2016

POSTED 17-08-2016

George Pell: police consider whether to charge cardinal over child abuse claims

Victoria police are considering whether to charge Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, with historical child sexual abuse offences.

msn news report, 17 August 2016

POSTED 16-08-2016

State introduces bill to remove time limit for legal action against child abuse in institutions

The State Government has introduced a bill to remove the time limit for undertaking legal action in cases of child abuse in institutions.

Clare Armstrong, The Courier-Mail 16 August 2016

POSTED 15-08-2016

They destroyed Denis Ryan's police career. Now they admit he was right all along

"My own circumstances have been distinctly grim since I left the force but as dark as some of those days have been, they have no parallel with those forced to endure the pain and suffering of sexual abuse." Denis Ryan

Article by John Silvester, The Age 12 August 2016

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POSTED 12-08-2016

Submissions published on factors affecting the institutional response to child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published 44 submissions received in response to Issues Paper 11.

Royal Commission media release 12 August 2016

POSTED 02-08-2016

Child sex abuse: Queensland government moves to lift statute of limitations

Child sex abuse survivors will no longer face the barrier of legal time limits when seeking damages, with the Palaszczuk government moving to remove the statute of limitations.

Brisbanetimes report, 02 August 2016

POSTED 01-08-2016

ACT Government looks to remove time limit on sex abuse civil claims, allowing victims to sue institutions

Canberra survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will soon be able to pursue compensation in the courts regardless of when the abuse took place, if legislation to be introduced by the ACT Government passes the assembly.

ABC report, 02 August 2016

POSTED 28-07-2016

An Open Letter to the Change-Maker Hillary Rodham Clinton on Behalf of Sexual Abuse Victims in the United States

Dear Democratic Presidential Candidate and Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton:

I had the good fortune to attend the Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2016, to witness the Roll Call vote that would nominate you as the first woman ever to be a presidential candidate for either political party.

A Verdict report, 28 July 2016

POSTED 24-07-2016

LNP to empower abuse survivors

Child sex abuse survivors will have better pathways to justice through an LNP plan to remove the limitation period on child sex abuse civil claims if elected to government.

MySunshineCoast report, 24 July 2016

POSTED 22-07-2016

Hunter people knew in their bones a royal commission was needed

Four or five years ago it was common for people to ask me a question, given the amount being written at the time about institutional child sexual abuse in the Hunter region, and particularly the Catholic Church.

TheHerald report, 22 July 2016

POSTED 15-07-2016

Child may have seen sex "on television": Royal Commission told

A disability support group dismissed concerns about a 10-year-old girl's sexualised behaviour by suggesting she could have "seen it on television", a Royal Commission has heard.

The Guardian report, 15 July 2016

POSTED 11-05-2016

Brandis lifts time bar on sex abuse cases

The federal government has scrapped time limitations on child sex abuse claims against commonwealth entities such as the Australian Defence Force.

News.com.au report 11 May 2016

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