Case Study 21, December 2014, Sydney

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 10:00am AEST.

The hearing will examine the response of Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.

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The public hearing will be streamed live via this website between 10am and 4pm (local time), with the following breaks:

11:30am – 11:50am morning break
1:00pm – 2:00pm lunch break

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The hearing will be held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

1. The response between 1974 and 2014 of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, 3. New South Wales, to allegations or reports of child sexual abuse made against Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.

2. The operation of the Ashram between 1974 and 1989 in relation to matters of child sexual abuse.

3. The systems, policies and procedures in place at the Ashram between 1974 and 1989, and currently, in relation to raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse.

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