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Friday, 17 April 2015 10:20

Compensations for victims, says Catholic Church

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francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, calls on the government to introduce a compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in the wake of the Royal Commission hearings into St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol in in ABC Brisbane's radio program "Drive" with Rebecca Levingston.

The interview comes in the wake of hearings held by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse into the details of child sexual abuse at St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol near Rockhampton in the 1950s and 1960s.

"If you are a victim of institutional sexual abuse, either in the Church Church or in government agencies or private agencies, you need equal access to redress regardless of where you were abused, when you were abused or how," said Mr Sullivan.

"You need an independent umpire. You don't want the institutions determining it. And it really is now over to our political leaders to put something in place so that victims can be confident that this independent umpire will do them a generous redress scheme that the Church and the institutions can pay for."

Listen to the full radio feature (13:37 minutes) of the 16 April podcast of "Drive" with Rebecca Levingston in the ABC Brisbane.