Child sexual abuse royal commission: recommendations and statistics at a glance
December 14, 2017, The Guardian
The Australian royal commission into the institutional responses to child sexual abuse has handed down its final report. Here are the key points
The royal commission’s final report (pdf) has made 189 new recommendations, including:
- The federal government should establish a National Office for Child Safety, sitting within the department of prime minister and cabinet. Its first job should be to develop a national framework to prevent child sexual abuse.
- The federal government should create a portfolio overseeing policy towards children
- All institutions should implement a list of child safe standards identified by the royal commission, to be enforced by federal, state and territory governments
- Parish priests should no longer be the employers of principals and teachers in Catholic schools
- There should be no . . .
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.