26th September 07:06 AM
Australia's PM to make a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse
By Lena Reece
Friday 09/02/2018
Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull [Photo: Mike Bowers for the Guardian]

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to make a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

Late last year, a Royal Commission released a report based on a four‑year inquiry that collected evidence from 8000 abuse survivors.

They ranged in age from seven to a person in their nineties.

The apology by Malcolm Turnbull will increase pressure on both state authorities and religious institutions to sign up to a scheme to compensate the victims.

Turnbull has announced he will make the apology by the end of the year, but says he needs time to speak with survivors first.

A similar inquiry is planned in New Zealand, but will only look at abuse in state care, not religious institutions.

Source: RNZ

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