Five years on: Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants
Australian Government Media Release:
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. The Anniversary is an important milestone for many of the more than 500,000 Australians who experienced abuse, mistreatment and neglect while in out-of-home care during the last century. For full info click below:
ABC Radio:Hillsong church head Brian Houston accused alleged child abuse victim of 'tempting' father, inquiry told
The head of the Hillsong church accused an alleged child abuse victim of "tempting" his father into molesting him, a royal commission has heard.
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News-Mail:From torture to reunion: The story of the Riverview Old Boys
ROBERT Toreaux knows what it's liked to be tortured; to spend each day in fear of being attacked and humiliated without being able to escape.
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The Australian:Salvation Army admits abuse of boys is its greatest failure: inquiry
The Salvation Army will review every compensation payment it has made to the victims of child sex abuse by its staff, after the royal commission unveiled evidence of the “greatest failure” in the church’s history.
News.com.au:The Salvation Army has sacked an officer accused of child abuse just months after publicly rewarding him
THE Salvation Army has sacked an officer accused at the royal commission of child abuse — six months after giving him a silver award.
For more information please read the article in News.com.au, June 23 2014
ABC:Royal Commission needs more time and money
In this podcast by ABC the Royal Commission into the treatment of child sexual abuse by institutions has received so much evidence that it needs two more years and another 104 million dollars to deal with it all.
CathNews: Lismore bishop apologises for abuse
Lismore's Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett has publicly apologised to the victims of child sexual abuse for the 'heinous' crimes of the past, The Northern Star reports.
ABC News: Royal Commission urged not to make finding of widespread abuse by Salvation Army
In this podcast by the ABC News the lawyer for the Salvation Army has told the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse it should not make a finding of widespread abuse at the hands of the charity's officers. By the Salvation Army's own calculations 157 children in its care since the late 19th century claim to have been abused.
Penrith City Gazette: Royal commission: Salvos deny sexual abuse widespread
The Salvation Army has denied that sexual abuse was widespread in the organisation, despite more than 100 survivors coming forward with horrendous tales of suffering allegedly endured at the hands of officers.
ABC PM: Vatican made mistakes in reinstating Nestor: Archbishop Wilson
In this podcast by the ABC's PM program the former bishop of Wollongong has returned to the witness box of the child abuse Royal Commission for a second day to answer questions about how he handled the case of a Catholic priest who was accused of child abuse in the 1990s, but not defrocked for more than a decade.
ABC News: Royal commission hears of gaps in canon law process
In this podcast by ABC News the child abuse royal commission has heard that there a fundamental flaws in the Catholic Church's own laws around how it assessed the evidence around abuse claims brought against priests.
Lotus Place CQ is Launched
A new Resource Centre 'Lotus Place CQ' has opened in Rockhampton! It is the third centre to open in Queensland offering a dedicated support service for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants (the others are in Brisbane and Townsville).
For more info please read the article in The Morning Bulletin, 24 April 2014
Pope's New Commission a Positive Step on Clergy Sexual Abuse
"When Vatican initiatives involve clergy sexual abuse, Catholic Church reform-minded, survivor-supporting movements like Voice of the Faithful® react with guarded optimism."
Royal Commission to probe Brisbane Catholic school
Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will shift its hearings from Sydney to Brisbane, to examine a recent case involving a Catholic primary school.
Report by Cathy Van Extel, ABC Radio National, 17 February 2014
Forgotten Australian shares her heartbreaking story
Lee was adopted at birth, lost her adopted mother at seven years old and was ripped away from her adopted father at eight. She still bares the emotional scars today.
Article by Jorge Branco in the Caboolture News, 14 January 2014
Photo: Vicki Wood, Caboolture News.
Townsville Bulletin - For Gavin, heartache lingers on
Article published in the Townville Bulletin on Friday 27th December 2014, featuring people accessing services through Lotus Place North Queensland.
Victorian Government Moves on Child Abuse Report
The Victorian Government says it will move immediately to draft legislation to reflect the recommendations of a damning Victorian Parliamentary report into the handling of child abuse particularly within the Catholic Church.
Victorian inquiry finds ‘institutional failure’ at all levels of Catholic church
Cardinal George Pell has been criticised in the Victorian parliamentary report, which claims he 'minimalised and trivialised' issue of child abuse.
Royal Commission Public Healing: Towards Healing process
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 9 December 2013. The public hearing will look into the Towards Healing process adopted by the Catholic Church in responding to allegations of child sexual abuse
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said individuals and organisations, who believe that they have an interest in the Scope and Purpose of the public hearing, are invited to lodge an application for leave to appear.
National apology for forced adoptions
On 21 March 2013 the Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices. The national apology was delivered in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.