PM to make apol­ogy to sex abuse vic­tims

The Republican Herald - - NATION/WORLD -

SYD­NEY (AP) — Australian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull will de­liver a na­tional apol­ogy to child sex abuse vic­tims as part of the gov­ern­ment’s response to a long-run­ning in­quiry that heard al­le­ga­tions against gov­ern­ment and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions and prom­i­nent in­di­vid­u­als in five years of hear­ings.

The apol­ogy, to be de­liv­ered on Oct. 22 af­ter pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions, was an­nounced Wed­nes­day as Turnbull out­lined his gov­ern­ment’s for­mal re­ac­tion to the Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex­ual Abuse. Its in­quiry ended in De­cem­ber af­ter tak­ing ev­i­dence from lead­ers such as Vat­i­can Car­di­nal Ge­orge Pell, who is charged with com­mit­ting his­tor­i­cal sex abuses him­self and was ac­cused of fail­ing to pro­tect chil­dren.

Turnbull’s gov­ern­ment will adopt 104 of the 122 rec­om­men­da­tions the royal com­mis­sion made to it, in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ing a na­tional of­fice for child safety and join­ing a re­dress pay­ments pro­gram. The 18 other rec­om­men­da­tions re­main un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

“It’s been har­row­ing work,” Turnbull told a news con­fer­ence in Can­berra. “Now that we’ve un­cov­ered the shock­ing truth, we must do ev­ery­thing in our power to honor the brav­ery of the thou­sands of peo­ple who came for­ward.”

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