Statement on the national apology to survivors of child sexual abuse
Anglicare Australia has issued the following statement ahead of the national apology to survivors of child sexual abuse:
Today’s apology to survivors of child sexual abuse is a landmark moment as we deal with an ugly chapter in our history. Anglicare Australia supports this apology, which is long overdue.
Anglicare Australia’s members have been listening carefully to the experiences of survivors. Their stories have helped shape the Royal Commission, and we have been incorporating the Commission’s findings across our services.
Our priority is, and will continue to be, ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people who have experienced past abuse is placed well ahead of the wellbeing of institutions. Our services have been putting systems in place to protect children and make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
Having fully supported the work of the Royal Commission, we fully support this apology. We now hope to see an end to the denial and covering up of these inexcusable acts.
Such systemic failure to protect the most vulnerable members of our community must never be allowed to happen again.