Labor promises $33m compensation scheme for child sexual abuse survivors

The Guardian

Shalailah Medhora
Monday 26 October 2015 1

Up to 60,000 adult survivors of child sex abuse could receive monetary compensation through a national redress scheme if Labor wins office at the next federal election, the party announced on Tuesday.

Labor will set aside $33m for the creation of a scheme aimed at offering counselling services and compensation for survivors of institutional child sex abuse.

The money includes $20m for the formation of a national body and advisory council to help implement the scheme. The agency would report to the federal attorney general.

There would be three broad goals for the national scheme:

* The chance for survivors to receive a direct personal response from their abuser or the institution that housed their abuser
* Monetary compensation for the abuse suffered
* Counselling and psychological support that is accessible through the course of their lives.

The redress scheme was recommended by the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, in its final report on redress and civil litigation.

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