Royal Commission to hold private sessions in Melbourne

Royal Commission to hold private sessions in Melbourne

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said 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.

“Throughout June, more than 50 survivors of child sexual abuse in Victoria will have the opportunity to tell the Royal Commission of their experiences, in a private session with a Commissioner."

“Every story is important and the Royal Commission is committed to ensuring every person who experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an Australian institution has the opportunity to share their story.”

Ms Dines said staff from the Royal Commission have made regular visits to towns and cities across Victoria to hold private sessions, meet with service providers and community groups and host information forums.

“The Royal Commission has received more than 2,200 phone calls from people all over Victoria and held private sessions with more than 400 people."

“The information that Victorians are sharing with the Royal Commission will help to inform recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices in Australia in order to provide a safer future for children."

“While these private sessions in June have already been allocated, anyone who wants to have a private session can still register their interest,” she said.

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.