The Royal Commission Into Institutional Abuse ran for close to 5 years & uncovered the darkest secrets of our churches. Find a complete timeline here.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a mammoth undertaking. Over five long years of investigation and hearings, the Royal Commission uncovered a disturbing pattern of child abuse – men and women in positions of power undermining children and taking advantage of their innocence.
The Royal Commission completed crucial research to help improve the way we approach claims of child abuse. It took years of ongoing investigations, interviews and media attention for the Royal Commission to even see the light of day – and while the investigation is over, it doesn’t mean their achievements should be swept under the rug.
Below is a timeline outlining the research and public hearings undertaken by the Royal Commission.
It’s important to remember for each investigation and public hearing, hundreds (if not thousands) of children were physically, emotionally, or sexually abused before this information came to light.
Hundreds of hours and millions of taxpayer dollars were focused on understanding this scourge on society.
– A direct personal response from the responsible institution(s) (if requested by the survivor).
The National Redress Scheme has been in place for more than 12 months – however, very little progress has been made to help survivors of child sexual and physical abuse.
As of May 2020:
All states and territories as well as the Commonwealth have joined the National Redress Scheme. However, hundreds of institutions have failed to join the Scheme, including the Jehovah’s Witness and various Diocese of the Anglican Church.
According to documents obtained by the ABC, sporting institutions can afford to join the National Redress Scheme but have “chosen not to”. Multiple sportspeople have