Royal Commission arrives in Cairns

Royal Commission arrives in Cairns

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is visiting Cairns for the first time this week to hear from people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

Commissioners will be holding a number of private sessions in both Brisbane and Cairns from today, Monday 18 November 2013.

Royal Commission CEO, Janette Dines, said the Royal Commission has been visiting both capital cities and regional centres due to the strong demand across Australia.

“The Royal Commission has travelled to every State and Territory, and this is our eighth visit to Queensland since private sessions started in May. This is the first time the Royal Commission has held private sessions in Far North Queensland,” said Ms Dines.

Ms Dines said around 800 people have shared their experiences with a Commissioner in a private session so far, and that these personal stories are making a significant contribution to the Commissioners’ understanding of the devastating impact of institutional child sexual abuse and how it might be prevented in the future.

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

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