AUSTRALIA TO OFFER NATIONAL APOLOGY FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHILD SEX ABUSE

SYDNEY- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday that he will deliver national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse and their families on 22 October.

An inquiry which lasted five years into child abuse which investigated and looked into into more than 8,000 cases of sexual misconduct largely committed at religious and state-run institutions responsible for the safety of children.

Turnbull told reporters in Canberra, “Now that we’ve uncovered the shocking truth, we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward.”

He said that the government would adopt the 104 recommendations out of the 122 that were proposed from the inquiry. The inquiry was called Royal Commission and the other recommendations included a proposal that provides financial and legal services to victims.

But the government said that they are still going to consider the other 18 recommendations and a proposal that religious leaders must report child abuse.

This proposal would compile Catholic priests told of abuse during a confession to tell authorities of this information, this would clash with the central tenet of Catholicism, the confidentiality of the confessional.

It is rare for the Australian government to issue an apology, these apologies are usually reserved to historical unthinkable misdeeds done by Australians in the past, such as the annihilation of Aboriginals and abuse of the natives, who have now become minority in the country.

Photo Credit- NTD Television

 

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