Victims tell their stories to Australia’s royal commission on child sexual abuse / National Catholic Reporter

“In some respects, the story of the Australian government inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is a story that can be told in numbers.

“Since its first hearing three years ago, the inquiry — the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse — has received 29,223 telephone calls from victims and other interested parties, as well as 16,171 letters and emails. It has conducted 4,874 sessions in private (to provide, where requested, a safe and confidential environment for those testifying) and made 961 referrals to authorities, including police, many of which have resulted in arrests and charges …

“Numbers, of course, rarely tell the whole story. To the extent that the commission has been a cathartic experience both for individuals and more broadly, its impact is impossible to quantify.”

By Chris McGillion, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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