We're excited about the Royal Commission in Australia
In the day since the Royal Commission into Child Abuse began, the commission has already received word that at least 5000 people want to give evidence. This is exciting news.
It’s a sad fact that most of these people will probably not be able to tell their individual stories to the Commission, but the fact that they are coming forward at all is a great sign. While it’s likely that many of these people have already been public about their abuse in the past, it’s equally likely that this commission has given many survivors the courage to break their silence and come forward to say “yes, it happened to me too.”
At the same time, we fear that the number of victims still trapped by their secrecy is ten times the number of those who have come forward. And what we want more than anything is all victims to be heard and counted.
It’s important that people understand the scope of the crimes and cover-up that occur with institutional abuse, and so it’s equally important that all whistleblowers and witnesses follow the example set by these 5000 victims and find the courage to come forward as well. The consequences of these decisions are public and decisive but above all necessary to stop this behavior in the future.
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.
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.