Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison stands before delivering the National Apology to survivors of child sexual abuse in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on October 22, 2018.

The government will also commit to reporting every year for the next five years on the progress of the royal commission's recommendations.

"This was done by Australians to Australians, enemies in our midst", Morrison said in a nationally televised address. "Today, we confront a question too awful to ask, let alone answer - why were not the children of our nation loved, nurtured and protected?"

Opposition leader Bill Shorten joined the apology, saying Australia had failed tens of thousands of children, across generations.

Morrison predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, said in February he would offer a national apology to survivors before the end of the year. As a result, 2,500 cases were referred to the police.

"To the spouses, partners, wives, husbands, children, who have dealt with the consequences of the abuse, cover-ups and obstruction, sorry".

In the order of St. John of God Brothers, more than 40 percent of religious brothers were accused of abuse. "Society's major institutions have seriously failed".

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But the conservative government has yet to decide if it will adopt recommendations from the wide-ranging national inquiry, most notably one requiring Catholic priests to report child abuse they may learn about in the confessional.

Some senior members of the church in Australia have been prosecuted in relation to the abuse.

The government plans a national museum to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of child sexual abuse, displaying the history so the nation does not forget the untold horrors they experienced.

"It is a wonderful thing our country's apologising, but there is so much more work to be done". The crimes of ritual sexual abuse happened in schools, churches, youth groups, scout troops, orphanages, foster homes, sporting clubs, group homes, charities, and in family homes as well....

Australia set up a redressal scheme this year to pay abuse victims compensation of up to A$150,000 ($106,000) each.

Between 1950 and 1965, 259 boys and 51 girls were sent to Catholic institutions in the West and South of Australia.

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