Royal Commission to hold private sessions in Hobart

Royal Commission to hold private sessions in Hobart

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold private sessions in Hobart during the week commencing 2 June 2014.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said the Royal Commission is bearing witness on behalf of Australia to the experience of those who have been sexually abused as children in institutions.

"Private sessions are an important way for Commissioners to hear first-hand about the impact of child sexual abuse and to better understand how it might be prevented in the future."

"This is the second time private sessions have been held in Tasmania and, during this visit, we expect around 20 people will share their story with the Royal Commission."

"The Royal Commission wants to ensure that anyone who experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an Australian institution has the opportunity to share their story with the Royal Commission if they choose to do so," she said. 

"While there is widespread community awareness of the Royal Commission, there may be more people who are yet to make contact."

"The Royal Commission encourages all survivors who wish to share their story, including in a private session with a Commissioner, to contact us," Ms Dines said. 

The Royal Commission has held more than 1,600 private sessions to date, including around 20 with Tasmanians.

To protect the privacy of those involved, the location of private sessions is confidential.

If you were sexually abused as a child while in the care of an Australian institution you can register your interest in sharing your story with the Royal Commission by phoning 1800 099 340 or emailing contact@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au