Child sexual abuse royal commission told physical violence ‘the norm’ in many institutions

ABC News

By Nicole Chettle

Many children’s homes ran on a regime of terror where physical violence was the norm, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.

After three-and-a-half years, the commission’s final public hearing has been held in Sydney.

Vice president of the Care Leavers Australasia Network, Frank Golding, said offenders did not need to groom children who were living in institutions, because victims were readily available.

“Unlike church settings and the like where grooming took place necessarily to identify and isolate a victim, there was no need for grooming in the kinds of big institutions that I grew up in,” he said.

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