Child sex abuse royal commission: Care Leavers Australia Network wants own compensation scheme for victims

ABC News

By Jayne Margetts

A group representing children who were held in out-of-home care has told an inquiry they should be entitled to a separate compensation scheme.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hearing submissions from nearly 40 government and non-government organisations about a national redress scheme for survivors.

Leonie Sheedy from the Care Leavers Australia Network said all forms of abuse should be recognised, not just sexual abuse.

“It is our view that the care leavers’ experience is so unique that it requires its own redress scheme,” she said.

“The time has come for the perpetrators and enablers of this abuse to pay for their crimes.

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