Thursday, 07 June 2018

 Turnbull Government encourages child sex abuse survivors to contribute to National Apology

Media release

The Turnbull Government is encouraging people who suffered or were affected by institutional child sexual abuse, and their supporters, to contribute to the development of the National Apology.

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, has urged people to make submissions and attend consultation sessions being held across Australia in June and July to inform the National Apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

"A national consultation process is underway to ensure that the voice and wishes of survivors shapes the National Apology to be delivered by the Prime Minister before the end of 2018," the Attorney-General said.

"Consultation sessions are being held around Australia over the next two months in locations such as Ballarat, Newcastle, Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide as well as other major cities, to hear from those directly affected about what they think the National Apology should be delivered and its content."

Information about the consultation process is available at: www.nationalapologyconsultation.gov.au/.

"Revelations to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shocked Australians and highlighted the suffering endured by too many young Australians at the hands of people who were entrusted with their care," the Attorney-General said.

"By sharing their personal stories, these courageous survivors have provided hope that future generations of Australians will be protected from the scourge of child sexual abuse."

The National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Reference Group, chaired by the Hon Cheryl Edwardes AM, brings together a broad range of people affected by child sexual abuse, their representatives and members of Parliament.

The Reference Group will advise the Government on the content of the National Apology and the design of the ceremony which will be held before the end of 2018.

The National Apology is one of many steps that my Government is taking to help the healing process for those affected by abuse, as well as to educate the community about the experiences and the impacts of child sexual abuse. This includes leading the establishment of the National Redress Scheme which commences on 1 July 2018.