Abuse victims face litany of problems, inquiry told
A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has been told victims of child sexual abuse face a litany of difficulties reporting and settling their complaints.
The Care Leavers Australia Network told the child sexual inquiry that churches and institutions have confusing processes for dealing with complaints.
It says victims are deliberately isolated and that redress schemes are a "hopscotch" of secretive arrangements.
Spokesman Frank Golding told the inquiry it is also difficult for victims to access documentation.
"People who are raped or sexually assaulted are required to go back to the place where they were violated to seek their personal records," he sai...
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.