Victorian Government moves quickly to put in place recommendations of the child abuse inquiry.
Premier Denis Napthine says the Government will begin putting in place legislation in response to the Child Abuse inquiry into the handling by religious and other organisations of children whilst in their care.
The above report some may think gives all Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and Stolen Generation validation, this is so far from the truth.
Until those children who were cared for in State run Institutions and orphanages are heard, there can be no validation.
This report is only a small portion of the truth and those children placed into state run institutions and orphanages still wait for their story to be heard.
Who will let them tell their story what Premier, will have the B-LLs to step up to the plate and demand an inquiry into the state run orphanages and institutions.
Accept nothing until the whole TRUTH is out there.
It's Child Abuse
In 2011-12 there were 253,962 reported notifications of child abuse Australia wide, finalised investigations numbered 106,754 of those 48,420 substantiated and 147,000 to be investigated.
It is bewildering viewing the number of those physically abused the Victorian and NSW government, place great emphasis on the sexually abused.
The point being abuse is abuse why should children be pidgeon holed on the types of abuse allowing government to determine which is worse than the other.
Child Abuse is Child Abuse
Primary substantiated harm types in the state of Victoria 2010-11
"For Christ Sake: End Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church…for good."
Petition put together by three retired bishops of the Catholic Church
No mention on the abolition of the "Statute of Limitations" in Australia, no mention about the Catholic Church "Property Trust Act" being no longer sacrosanct, matter of fact no mention regarding redress, compensation or the welfare of past victims the only thing they are concerned about is the Catholic Church.
Hence another reason why so many want the STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS against child abuse ABOLISHED.
Below Some of their reasons why the petition!
MANY CATHOLIC GROUPS CALL FOR CHANGE.
There are many people and many groups around the world seeking change in the Catholic Church. Though they may have slightly different emphases, there are a number of changes, common to all groups. These groups are calling out for:-
1) Greater Inclusiveness – a Church that is as much for women as for men, for laypeople as for clergy, for the marginalised as for those in the mainstream.
2) Greater Openness – if there are scandals, it is better to bring them into the light and confront them rather than seek to conceal them.
3) Greater Participation – not taking away the power of the Pope, but asking for greater participation and consultation, so that the whole Church may have a more active role in the mission of the Church.
4) Greater Sense of Mission – a greater concentration on the person and mission of Jesus Christ rather than on authority, laws, obedience and theological conformity.
I think we can safely say the Forgotten Australians know what is required
Abolish the "STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS" against child abuse.
Upwards of, and possibly more than 500 000 Australians experienced care in an orphanage, Home or other form of out-of-home care during the last century. As many of these people have had a family it is highly likely that every Australian either was, is related to, works with or knows someone who experienced childhood in an institution or out of home care environment.
Children were placed in care for a myriad of reasons including being orphaned; being born to a single mother; family dislocation from domestic violence, divorce or separation; family poverty and parents' inability to cope with their children often as a result of some form of crisis or hardship. Many children were made wards of the state after being charged with being uncontrollable, neglected or in moral danger, not because they had done anything wrong, but because circumstances in which they found themselves resulted in them being status offenders. Others were placed in care through private arrangements usually involving payment to the Home. Irrespective of how children were placed in care, it was not their fault.
Children were placed in a range of institutions including orphanages, Homes, industrial or training schools that were administered variously by the state, religious bodies and other charitable or welfare groups.
The Committee received hundreds of graphic and disturbing accounts about the treatment and care experienced by children in out-of-home care. Many care leavers showed immense courage in putting intensely personal life stories on the public record. Their stories outlined a litany of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and often criminal physical and sexual assault. Their stories also told of neglect, humiliation and deprivation of food, education and healthcare. Such abuse and assault was widespread across institutions, across States and across the government, religious and other care providers.
But the overwhelming response as to treatment in care, even among those that made positive comments was the lack of love, affection and nurturing that was never provided to young children at critical times during their emotional development. The long term impact of a childhood spent in institutional care is complex and varied. However, a fundamental, ongoing issue is the lack of trust and security and lack of interpersonal and life skills that are acquired through a normal family upbringing, especially social and parenting skills. A lifelong inability to initiate and maintain stable, loving relationships was described by many care leavers who have undergone multiple relationships and failed marriages. Many cannot form trust in relationships and remain loners, never marrying or living an isolated existence.