National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
Welcoming the National Apology and Committing to Action
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Monday, October 22nd, 2018.
Today marks a significant moment not only for the victims and survivors of Institutional child sexual abuse in Australia, but all Australians, with Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to deliver a national apology from Parliament in Canberra.
The apology, which follows the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, is another step in acknowledging the significant pain, suffering and enduring damage of children who experienced sexual abuse whilst in Institutions charged with their care and protection.
The courage and strength shown by all those who attended and participated in the Royal Commission hearings and private sessions, at great personal costs will also be honoured.
The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta welcome this national apology and again acknowledge with deep regret, there have been times in the history of some of our institutions, that some people under our care were not treated with care and respect.
As a Congregation, and as individual members, we commit to:
• continuing our efforts to ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse within our Institutions and ministries;
• working fully and openly in responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission;
• responding with mercy and compassion to survivors of all forms of abuse.
The Joint Statement by the leaders of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) can be read here.
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