Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Banners said 'You have the records of our abuse'

VICTIMS of child sex abuse wept openly in the street as the Royal Commission commenced its long-awaited hearing this morning. More than 20 advocates wielding placards rallied outside the County Court in Melbourne as The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commenced its long-awaited inquiry.

Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commenced its long-awaited inquiry.
Victims gathered descended outside the court eagerly awaiting the outcome of the first hour-long hearing, some armed with signs which read: “You have the records of our abuse” and “Government OK’S abuse in state-run orphanages”.

Victims, organisations and advocates poured onto William St following the hearing, with some openly embracing and others appearing teary-eyed by the emotion of the inquiry’s launch.

Leonie Sheedy of the Care Leavers of Australia Network (CLAN) – a network for people raised in the nation’s orphanages, Children’s Homes and foster care - said the first day of proceedings had been “overwhelming” for the organisation’s members.

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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2013-04-03 11:38:06 -0500
    Sadlly, I couldn’t finish reading the entire article because I didn’t want to “sign up” for another website. Otherwise, I would have completed reading it.

    How sad. How sad, that so many evil pedophile prediators exist in this world. I’m glad to be made aware that the Australian government is (apparently, “finally”) beginning to address this issue in their own state-run and/or state-sponsored orphanages and foster homes. I shudder to think what our own U.S. systems are like.

    I will try to maintain hope that taking on the institutionalized pedophilia and pedophiles heretofore allowed “free range and passage” in the universal Catholic church, will in fact, create awareness and proper reaction and response around the world, in other institutions, schools, churches and state-run facilities originally intended to be beneficial for children!

    Please SNAP members, stay with the hard and difficult course you have initiated with the Catholic church, specifically. I do pray for your success.

    Thank you for all your work and maintenance of this site and the bishop-listing site.

    Lani Halter

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