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A defiant Cardinal George Pell blames a smear campaign against the Catholic Church for public pressure that led to a royal commission into child sex abuse. A defiant Cardinal George Pell blames a smear campaign against the Catholic Church for public pressure that led to a royal commission into child sex abuse. The report also recommends the creation of a criminal offence of "grooming" children and a new criminal offence of "endangerment" where figures of authority within institutions can be sanctioned for not taking enough precautions. On 9 November 2012, the Premier announced that the NSW government proposed to establish a Special Commission of Inquiry into matters raised by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox in an ABC Lateline interview regarding the handling of certain child sexual abuse allegations.  Ms Margaret Cunneen SC has been appointed as Commissioner by Letters Patent issued by the Governor of New South Wales on 21 November 2012 under the Special Commissions of Inquiry Act 1983 (NSW). The Hon Tim Carmody SC has been appointed as Commissioner and must provide a written report with recommendations to the Premier by 30 June 2013 (Commissions of Inquiry Amendment Order (No.1) 2013). The report also recommends the creation of a criminal offence of "grooming" children and a new criminal offence of "endangerment" where figures of authority within institutions can be sanctioned for not taking enough precautions.
fThe apology will acknowledge that what happened in the past was both real and wrong. It will make sure that a largely invisible part of our history is put firmly on the record. And it will remind the community of what happened to many of these children – the loss of family, the loss of identity and,National Apology The Forgotten Australians national Apology Read more...
The government wanted to be seen to be doing something, and three years on,they are doing nothing. Royal Com. NeededForgotten Australians advocates are calling for a Read more...
The report's criticism of the Catholic church is unsparing. Its recommendations are radical. If adopted they would strip the Catholic church of its virtual immunity in the courts and compel religious leaders of all faiths to report child abuse to the police.Vics. Inquiry Child AbuseA GOVERNMENT register for church personnel Read more...

 


blew the whistle on an alleged police cover-up of sex abuse in the Catholic Church said he had received threatening messages on police letterhead since speaking out on an issue that he acknowledged would end his career  Moment of TruthAFTER so much pain, so many shocking revelations, Read more...
Some were in orphanages, often there would be a lot of kids squished in. Other kids were given to families to be looked after. There were lots of different reasons why they ended up there. Sometimes they were orphans; sometimes their parents just couldn't look after them. Sometimes they were told their parentsHay ExperimentHay Goal was built in 1879 and used as a goal. In 1919 it was.. Read more...
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INSIDE: Life inside Children's Homes exhibition now to be exhibited in Perth and Brisbane.

  • Perth

    West Australian Museum
    14th of March till INSIDE: life Inside Childrens Homes. 29th June 2014
  • Brisbane

    Queensland Museum

9th of August and till 16 November 2014.

Our story is now traveling the country Thank you victoria, Wetern Australia and Queensland.

C'mon South Australia Northern Territory New South Wales and Tasmania this is your story as well share it with the people of your state.

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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Parramatta Girls Home and Hay

PUBLIC HEARING COMMENCING 24 FEBRUARY 2014

The RC will hold a public hearing in SYDNEY commencing Monday 24th February 2014 into the following:

  • 1. To hear the experience of women who were sexually abused as children, between 1950-1974, while committed in:
    • a The Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and
      b. The Institution for Girls in Hay, NSW being institutions which were within the responsibility of the NSW Government.
  • 2. Any related Matters
    • Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the Scope and Purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by FRIDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2014.
      Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the RC website entilted "application for Leave to appear at the RC" and include a short submission setting out the basis on which it is said the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing.

    The form and the submission should be lodged with RC via:

    Email: solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au or

    Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001

    For more info on lodging your submission call 02 82823824

    The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via wevcast on the RC website at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

    Interested indivduals and organisations are encouraged to view the proceedings via the webcast.

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    Victorian Government moves quickly to put in place recommendations of the child abuse inquiry.

    16/11/2013

    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.

    A   two volumed report was released aptly named Betrayal of Trust. The report's criticism of the Catholic church is unsparing. Its recommendations are radical. If adopted they would strip the Catholic church of its virtual immunity in the courts and compel religious leaders of all faiths to report child abuse to the police. VOL 1 VOL 2

    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

  • Sexual Abuse of a Child = Child Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse of a Child = Child Abuse
  • Neglect of a Child = Child Abuse
  • Physical Abuse of a Child = Child Abuse
  • Primary substantiated harm types in the state of Victoria 2010-11

  • Emotional abuse   4,936
  • Neglect                        591
  • Physical Abuse       2,636
  • Sexual Abuse              912
  • "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.

     

    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

     

    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.

    The Find & Connect web resource is for Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and everyone with an interest in the history of out-of-home 'care' in Australia.Find & Connect Support Services
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