People with disability have been invited to attend an important information session in Sydney next month to find out more about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the forum was part of ongoing consultations with the disability community on the issue of child sexual abuse in institutions.
"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."
"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."
"Families, support services and disability advocates are also invited to attend."
Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald will address the Sydney forum to provide an overview of the Royal Commission and answer questions from the audience.
The Royal Commission has previously held forums for people with disability in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Date: Monday 11 August
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Venue: York Conference and Function Centre (Bowlers Club), Bass Suits, Level 2, 99 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Please note: For privacy reasons, the forum is closed to media. The event will be facilitated by People with Disability Australia. If you wish to attend the community forum, please contact 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.
Media enquiries: (02) 8282 3966 or media [at] childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.