Royal Commission returns to Queensland to hear more stories from survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

Royal Commission returns to Queensland to hear more stories from survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold more face-to-face private sessions with Commissioners in Brisbane the week commencing 30th September.

Royal Commission CEO Ms Janette Dines said the Royal Commission has had a strong response from Queenslanders wanting to tell their story.

“The Royal Commission will offer 1,000 private sessions before the end of this year,” said Ms Dines.

“We know that for many of the victims sharing their story with the Commission is very hard. But, equally, the opportunity to tell their story has proved beneficial for many.

“Last time we were in Queensland, we saw first-hand how difficult it was for people to come forward and talk about what happened to them. There are trained counsellors available to provide immediate support to anyone in distress. We also encourage people to bring a support person with them such as a friend or family member,” said Ms Dines.

Private sessions are conducted in an informal setting in the presence of a Commissioner. All of the information provided in a private session is kept confidential unless the person providing it agrees to it being made public.

Ms Dines said there will be other opportunities for Queenslanders to come forward to tell their story.

“We will be in Brisbane for one week and will then return to Queensland later in the year to hear from more people.”

The Royal Commission will also visit Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin in the next month.

The Royal Commission encourages people who have experienced sexual abuse as a child in an institution or witnessed child sexual abuse in an institution to provide details and information to the Royal Commission by:

If you need more information, including about support services, visit the Royal Commission’s website at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

Media enquiries: (02) 8282 3966 or media@childabuseroyalcommision.gov.au.