Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Parliamentary Inquiry Into Churches Handling of Sex Offences

Sexual abuse of children is a crime committed in private without witnesses.  Organisations that deal with this abuse in private, behind closed doors just strengthen the systems that enable the abuse to take place in the first place.  It has taken a long while for a Victorian Government to announce an inquiry into the handling of child sexual assaults within religious communities.  Now the Parliamentary Inquiry has been announced it is to be hoped that it will have sufficient resources to undertake this task in an effective manner. 
But effective or not it will still be an in-house inquiry. In-house responses are what has allowed abuse to continue for, in some circumstances, decades. Breaking the silence and transparent open communication are the first things that need to happen to give victims and their families confidence in any investigation into these crimes.

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