Canberra child safety campaigner among those to have last word at Royal Commission

The Canberra Times

Katie Burgess

A Canberra child safety campaigner will call for blanket mandatory reporting requirements as the public part of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concludes on Friday.

Bravehearts ambassador Damian De Marco will deliver a withering assessment of the capability of religious institutions to change, despite the upheaval of the royal commission.

“We are now in a position where even the rape, buggery, molestation and often suicide of hundreds of thousands of innocent children worldwide by clergy and religious leaders, has still not been a sufficient enough motivating force for some religious Institutions to reform their cultures,” Mr De Marco will tell the commission.

“Even today we have cases of paedophile priests being secretly housed with children and institutions conducting inquiries disguised as independent investigations. If they don’t get it now they never will.”

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