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Issue #1688      June 10, 2015

Send letter for justice for child sexual abuse victims

The following is a guide letter for people to write to the federal Attorney General calling for a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse.

Attorney General
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Attorney General,

Re: National redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse:

I am alarmed to hear that you and your government have dismissed the proposal from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for you to establish and co-ordinate a redress scheme to compensate victims.

The result of this decision is that the Commission, which your government has supported, is now faced with the embarrassing prospect that the victims of sexual abuse who risked a lot to speak publicly about their suffering cannot get redress.

As a society we need to take collective responsibility for all the pain and suffering inflicted on innocent children.

Surely a small office with a director and a few administrative assistants is not an unreasonable request and is not beyond the reach of the Federal Government financially.

I strongly urge that you reconsider your approach to this reasonable suggestion by the Royal Commission. 

As a recent article (30/3/2015) in the Sydney Morning Herald says: “Government inaction heaps further abuse on child-sex victims”

Please show compassion and reverse your earlier decision so the victims receive some measure of justice and compensation.

Yours sincerely,

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