Monday, 17 September 2012

Sexual Assault Service System

Having been in the sexual assault field for over two decades I often despair about the gaps and deficiencies in the system.  Then I read an article about the situation in other countries (The Saturday Age 15/9/12) and realise that for all its problems we have a situation where victims can go to the Police and feel confidence that their complaint will be passed onto a specialist squad.Complaints against powerful and high profile men are dealt with in the same way as other complaints.  With all the reforms that have taken place over the past decade we have reason to be proud of our approach to sexual assault in Victoria.  This does not mean that there have not been dreadful miscarriages of justice in the past.  Clearly the current Government inquiry into the sexual abuse of childen in religious and other non Government institutions is uncovering many dreadful situations that have been pushed under the carpet and ignored. 
But we do have an Inquiry even if some groups did not get the Royal Commission they want and SECASA has been able to assist a number of people, who have not had a forum to break their silence before, write submissions to the inquiry. This can only assist other victims come forward who have not yet broken their silence.

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