Confusion, anger over abuse redress



Anger and confusion has followed a federal government announcement indicating it is not likely to implement a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission that it establish a national redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

Support groups for survivors of child sexual abuse have given different interpretations to the announcement on Friday that the federal government will lead development of a nationally consistent approach to redress but that responsibility should rest with state and territory jurisdictions where the abuse occurred.

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) executive officer Leonie Sheedy said the commonwealth’s position that states and territories would bear responsibility for abuse that happened in their jurisdictions would be unfair to people who suffered abuse in state-run institutions.

“They are sending (responsibility) back to the state governments who abused them,” Ms Sheedy told AAP.

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