Child sex abuse royal commission calls for $4.38bn national compensation scheme

The Guardian

Helen Davidson
Thursday 29 January 2015

A $4.38bn nationally run scheme with no fixed end date is the “ideal” proposal for giving appropriate redress to victims of institutional child sexual abuse, the royal commission has found, but it would be impossible without the full support of every Australian government.

On Friday the royal commission released its consultation paper on redress and civil litigation at a public hearing to seek input for its final report this year.

The 310-page paper said: “Although the primary responsibility for the sexual abuse of an individual lies with the abuser and the institution they were part of, we cannot avoid the conclusion that the problems faced by many people who have been abused are the responsibility of our entire society.”

“This broad social failure to protect children across a number of generations makes clear the pressing need to provide avenues through which survivors can obtain appropriate redress for past abuse.”

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