The disability community will gather in Melbourne later this month to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the Royal Commission wants to make sure people with disability are able to share their experiences with a Commissioner.
"The Royal Commission is aware that many people with disability have experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution," Mr Reed said.
"We are determined that people with disability can participate in the process of the Royal Commission."
"We have previously held forums for people with disability in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania, with two events also planned for Sydney in August."
Commissioner Justice Coate will address the Melbourne forum to provide an overview of the Royal Commission and answer questions from the audience. Auslan interpreters will be available.
"You will not be required to discuss your personal story at the forum, it is a chance to find out more about the work of the Royal Commission and how you can share your story," Mr Reed said.
"Families, support services and disability advocates are also invited to attend."
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Date: Tuesday 29 July 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm
Venue: Quality Batman’s Hill on Collins, 623 Collins St, Melbourne VIC
Please note: For privacy reasons, the forum is closed to media. The event will be facilitated by Children with Disability Australia. If you wish to attend the community forum, please email contact [at] childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
If you were sexually abused as a child while in the care of an Australian institution, you can share your story by phoning 1800 099 340 or emailing contact [at] childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.
The National Relay Service provides an Australia-wide phone service for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. It is available to everyone at no additional charge, and you can make calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls can be made by TTY on 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727. Find out more about this service.
Media enquiries: (02) 8282 3966 or media [at] childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.