Tag results for: sexual abuse
Sexual abuse in the Australian Defence forces – what we must do in the wake of the DLA Piper Review
The DLA Piper Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence (the Review) confirms what many of us who have worked in the areas of military compensation and sexual abuse have long known.
The Department of Defence is completely unable to deal with the "cancer" of abuse and bastardisation within its ranks because of cultural and systemic issues.
The Review is a first step hopefully in leading to justice and healing for the victims, punishment of the perpetrators (including for those...Read full article »
The Baillieu Government parliamentary inquiry into sexual abuse
Process is fatally flawed, according to sexual abuse legal expert, Angela Sdrinis.
The Victorian Government's parliamentary inquiry into the way in which religious organisations handle sexual abuse complaints will lack the necessary powers to expose the systemic cover up that has characterised mainstream religion's approach to abuse.
The failure to appoint a Royal Commission will dismay many victims and is a missed opportunity to force organisations to come clean. It does not do justice to the dozens of victims who have been driven to commit suicide as a result of finding it impossible to obtain...Read full article »
Wards of the State:
New Ombudsman's report slams DHS records on sexual abuse
The Victorian Ombudsman has had a busy time of it recently and, in the flurry of reports handed down, one has escaped attention. Yet its findings are so damning of the lapses of a major government department that you could be accused of thinking that the Department is effectively blocking access to justice for victims of sexual abuse.
Drily titled, Investigation into the storage and management of ward records by the Department of Human Services, the report exposes what those of us who work in this area have...Read full article »
Time running out for Irish Abuse Claims
In 2002, the Republic of Ireland set up a fund to compensate people who experienced abuse and neglect in Orphanages and Residential Schools in the last century.
The decision to set up the Redress Fund followed a public outcry when the extent of the abuse in Orphanages came to light and particularly in response to revelations that the Catholic Church, which ran many of the Institutions, had been instrumental in hiding the truth which led to continued abuse of children both in and out of care.
After four reports investigating the abuse scandal in the...Read full article »
New 120 million euro German abuse fund – applications now available
The German Government has established a committee which is looking at creating a fund to compensate German children abused in care. The proposed fund has been in the planning for the last 2 years and is expected to be established by the end of this year. Some churches have already agreed to establish funds individually and the Catholic Church has announced it will pay victims an amount of 5,000 euros (less than AU $7,000.00).
The plan is to create a federal fund financed by the state, churches and other organisations to...Read full article »
Why does the church continue to rely on technical legal defenses?
Angela Sdrinis reports on the case of serial sexual abuser,
Br. Robert Best.
In further media coverage of Christian Brother Robert Best, it is reported that he has pleaded guilty to numerous further offences against children who he had sexually abused while teaching at St Alipius primary school in Ballarat.
It is well known that during this period, Br. Best resided with notorious paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale and for a period of time with the current Archbishop of Sydney George Pell.
Best was first convicted of offences against children in 1996. He...Read full article »
Litigation has failed the victims of institutional abuse
It’s time the Government set up a compensation fund.
On 16 November 2009, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to Forgotten Australians and to the child migrants. Kevin Rudd had already apologised to the Stolen Generations on 13 February 2008. This Apology was one of the first major initiatives of the new Rudd Labour Government. It was an apology that was embraced by the Australian people and an apology for which we had waited too long.
Three harrowing reports on the lives of children in care, including Bringing Them Home, dealing with the Stolen...Read full article »
High Court decision offers Catholic Church immunity in sexual abuse cases
A controversial High Court decision has effectively offered immunity from prosecution for sexual abuse cases brought against the Catholic Church in Australia.
The ruling and the way in which the Church has defended itself make a mockery of public apologies offered to victims of sexual abuse by the Church and heaps further pain on victims.
As a result of this decision, the Australian public should be concerned by the notion that the quality of justice for rape victims should be dependent on the rapists' employer, writes RCT partner Angela Sdrinis in an...Read full article »