STATEMENT BY AHISA’S NATIONAL CHAIR

22 October 2018

National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

“Today marks a serious and important day in Australia’s history, a day that Australians sincerely hope will assist in the healing of deep wounds and terrible wrongs suffered by our children and young people.

“As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed, these wounds and wrongs were often inflicted by those who had a duty of care to protect children. Pain and suffering were amplified when those with the authority to intervene, protect or report failed to act.

“The Royal Commission’s work has shown that many schools and their leaders have had cause for shame. Importantly, the Royal Commission has also shown a way forward for institutions and those who work in them to make reparation for the past while carrying into the future a new vigilance toward child safety and protection.

“Today’s National Apology flags that all governments, all institutions, all leaders and all citizens have a responsibility for the protection and safe keeping of our young people.  Our ‘sorry’ must also mean ‘never again’.”

DR MARK MERRY
AHISA National Chair

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