Abuse royal commission sits on Wednesday

The West Australian

Patrick Caruana, AAP
April 2, 2013

The royal commission into institutional sexual abuse will begin on Wednesday, but the flood of victims’ stories will have to wait.

No evidence will be tendered at the first sitting in Melbourne of the commission to examine institutional responses to abuse.

Instead, its chair, Justice Peter McClellan, will outline how the commission will conduct its hearings and counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness SC, will make an opening statement.

Chris Wilding, who founded victims’ group Broken Rites in 1992, said it would be a significant day for survivors of abuse.

“It’s certainly very exciting for me to see this happen after 20 years of exposing these sorts of crimes,” she told AAP on Tuesday.

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