Thursday, May 31, 2018

Salvation Army, Scouts, YMCA, Anglican Church sign on to redress scheme for sex abuse victims

From Australia-

Social Services Minister Dan Tehan made an announcement with representatives of all the organisations in Canberra this morning, as the Turnbull Government continues to build the compensation regime.

The Catholic Church yesterday became the first non-government institution to formally opt-in, joining all states and territories except Western Australia.

Mr Tehan said the four institutions signing on today brought the coverage of the national redress scheme to 80 per cent of survivors.

"I thank the institutions for the leadership they have shown, for owning up to past wrongs, owning up for behaviour that can only be described as despicable and deplorable," Mr Tehan said.

"But [also] for wanting to turn a page, to provide redress and to make sure that the survivors get the justice that they deserve."

The final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse consists of 17 volumes with the Scouts and YMCA referred to in volume 14 among other recreational groups.

Survivors from all institutions will receive up to $150,000 compensation, along with counselling.

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