Australia's Prime Minister Formally Apologized to Child Sex Abuse Victims

Scott Morrison is delivering an apology to victims of institutional child abuse

The formal apology comes nearly a year after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse uncovered the shocking extent of abuse of children by clergy, orphanage supervisors, and others in positions of power. "Nothing we can do now will right the wrongs inflicted on our nation's children", Morrison said.

The prime minister's apology reportedly moved several survivors to tears.

It also heard evidence from leaders such as Vatican Cardinal George Pell, who is charged with committing historical sex abuses and was accused of failing to protect children.

The survivors - only a sample of the many thousands abused in religious institutions as children - came to Canberra on Monday to hear the apology, a recommendation of a long-running royal commission of inquiry established by Julia Gillard, the former Labor prime minister, who was also in the audience.

In total, between 1980 and 2015, 4,444 people alleged incidents of child sexual abuse across more than 1,000 institutions.

"We will work with survivor groups to ensure your stories are recorded, that your truth is told, that our nation does not turn from our shame, and that our nation will never forget the untold horrors you experienced", he said. A research centre will look to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of child sexual abuse, support help seeking and guide best practice for training and other services.

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"The NSW Government has responded with comprehensive reforms to the civil and criminal law, helping victims and survivors obtain access to justice and improving child safety, as well as being the first state or territory to legislate for redress", Mr Speakman said. To the whistleblowers who we did not listen to, sorry. "Today, we offer you our nation's apology, with humility, with honesty, with hope for healing now, and with a fire in our belly to ensure that our children will grow up safe in the future", Shorten said.

"[The apology] meant a great deal".

Expressions of national regret such as Monday's are reserved for egregious misdeeds in which the state has played a role. In August, the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference said it would not comply with the recommendation.

She says she's never healed from being abused. "It will be with me and all care leavers until the day that they put the lid on the coffin", Sheedy told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday.


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