Child Sex Abuse

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the appointment of six royal commissioners and the terms of reference for the inquiry into child sex abuse. See all the details here. Below, Cathy Kezelman gives us her analysis.

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“Child sexual abuse is an evil crime. Anyone who has ever suffered child abuse deserves to have their voices heard and their claims investigated.

“The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse and related matters.” These were the words of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, on announcing the terms of reference for a national Royal Commission into institutional responses into allegations of child sexual abuse today.

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  • Giannac says:

    04:39pm | 11/01/13

    AdamC Good comment. Read more »

  • Paul M says:

    04:28pm | 11/01/13

    A fine idea. Are they going to go after female schoolteachers? Read more »


Premier Barry O’Farrell should not set up a Royal Commission into sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

It doesn't stop at country borders, either. Pic: AFP

It should be up to Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

This is a boil that needs to be lanced at a Federal level.

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  • Rose says:

    06:28pm | 09/11/12

    Yeah, well I suppose Broken Rites would know as their purpose is to investigate sex abuse within the Catholic Church and not elsewhere!! You need to broaden your horizons a bit more and look at the bigger picture, not just the bit that supports your preconceived notions. Read more »

  • Rose says:

    06:21pm | 09/11/12

    Evangalia, are you serious? The reason why no government is prepared to bare their teeth is that they fear it will alienate the religious right, and they are not prepared to do anything that alienates that many people. Truth be told, most moderate Catholics and members of other churches and… Read more »


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