Australia Launches Royal Commission To Investigate Child Sexual Abuse In Religious Institutions
Lead Jewish child sexual abuse victim, Manny Waks, who was allegedly molested at Chabad's Yeshiva College, was interviewed on Australian radio yesterday about the prime minister's announcement. Please click the gray bar to listen:
Julia Gillard announces royal commission will probe child sex abuse
The Prime Minister will recommend that the Governor General establish a royal commission into child sexual abuse by religious institutions.
JULIA Gillard has agreed to a royal commission into institutional responses to allegations of child sex abuse in Australia.
The Prime Minister said the terms of reference for the royal commission would be worked on in coming weeks, before the persons to lead the inquiry were appointed.
“I want to get this right,” Ms Gillard said in Canberra.
“So, over the next few weeks, we will be consulting with the organisations that represent the survivors of child abuse, with religious organisations, with state and territory governments, to ensure the terms of reference are right.”
The inquiry will not be confined to the Catholic Church, but extend to all religious organisations and to children in state care, and into other institutions including schools.…
“Australians know, from the revelations that they've read in recent weeks that too many children have suffered child abuse but have also seen other adults let them down.
“They've not only had their trust betrayed by the abuser but other adults who could have acted to assist them have failed to do so.”
Australians wanted action taken, she said, and did not want to see institutions fail again to deal with allegations of abuse.
“I hope that this royal commission can guide us to that place,” Ms Gillard said.…