Published: 22 August 2016
Author: Penny Savidis
Commission deadline looms for private hearings on sexual abuse
The deadline for registering for a private session at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse closes on 30 September. The commission has advised that this is a strict cut off date and that no exceptions will be made.
To date, more than 5,000 survivors have taken advantage of seeking a private hearing. A further 1,500 are waiting for a date.
It will still be possible to lodge a written submission after 30 September. It is also possible to register and then cancel your scheduled private session should you change your mind.
We have been advising our many clients to consider sharing their stories with the Commission. Although sharing your story will not result in you receiving financial compensation, survivors have told us that they have found engaging with the Commissioners to be a therapeutic experience.
How do you register?
Contact the Commission on 1800 099 340 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that thousands of survivors continue to wait for any meaningful announcement by either the Federal or Victorian Governments on setting up a redress fund.
In short there has been no further news from either government.
We continue to advocate for a redress scheme that is easy to access, does not re-traumatise survivors and offers broad counselling support. We believe that financial payments to survivors are important in helping them come to terms with their abuse.