Royal Commission Into Child Abuse Terms Of Reference

Royal Commission Into Child Abuse Terms Of Reference

Today, the Federal Government released the terms and conditions for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responds to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia. In November 2013, the Royal Commission was announce. It will include a special unit that will investigate allegations of abuse. The six commissioners will be led by Justice Peter McClellan.

These six commissioners are Justice Peter McClellan and Robert Atkinson, Justice Jennifer Coate and Robert Fitzgerald. Professor Helen Milroy is Andrew Murray. The royal commission will examine cases of institutional sexual abuse, and not cases of abuse within the family. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister, stated today that any child abuse not relate to sexuality, such as neglect and physical maltreatment, will not be investigate by the royal commission.

The Royal Commission will deliver its interim reports by June 30, 2015, and its final report by December 31, 2015. However, Ms Gillard stated that this date could be extend if necessary. The commission won’t have the power to prosecute. Francis Sullivan, the CEO of the newly formed Truth, Justice and Healing Council of the Catholic Church, welcomed the publication of the terms.

University Of Western Sydney Royal Lecturer

These are expert reactions to today’s announcement. Michael Salter, University of Western Sydney Lecturer in Criminalology. It was an emotional press conference by the Prime Minister. They clearly had extensive consultations with survivors groups, and have learned a lot about the complexities and delicacies of trying to collect testimonies about institutional sexual abuse.

They balancing the need to tell these stories while also making sure that the focus of their commission is not lost. Overall, I believe they did a great job. They have a broad range of expertise. I was especially please to see six commissioners with expertise in mental health and family law. Andrew Murray, a former Senator, is an advocate for victims of institutional abuse.

Judy Courtin, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Law, Monash University. The six commissioners have a broad range of skills and experiences, which I believe is a great representation of the community. We have Justice McClennan, Justice Jennifer Coate and a psychiatrist who specializes in child sexual assault and problems Helen Milroy. Former Senator Andrew Murray is also an advocate for survivors. A former police commissioner also helps us.

Establishment Of An Investigation

The investigation will not be complete without the establishment of an investigation unit that will conduct briefings and liaison with the police or OPP. It could be that prosecutions are brought forward as the investigation progresses, rather than what happened in Ireland where prosecutions were not made.

The terms of reference I believe best address all the original reasons for a royal Commission. Although they have not mentioned suicide or premature death, I believe the terms of reference are wide enough to cover the suicide of those who have experienced child sexual assault.

Many victims want the truth out there. This acknowledges them and their truth. These investigations should bring to justice not only the original offenders, but anyone who helped cover up those crimes. It will also examine impediments that survivors have access to justice, such as the statue of limitations or the Ellis defense. Which prevents victims from sueing the Church.

They also focus on the future of policy, prevention and the issue redress. At this point, it seems like all the boxes are checked. This would be a great relief for all of the victims who have survived. As well as the families of the ones who did not