Jul 1, 2018

National Redress Scheme: Australia sex abuse compensation scheme begins

Australia has begun a compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse. Financial redress was a key recommendation of a Royal Commission into decades-long child abuse in Australian institutions. The Commission spent five years investigating suffering and abuse in religious organisations, schools, charities, sports clubs and the military. Doug Goulter faced years of sexual abuse in a Melbourne children's home and then in a Sydney jail from the age of 17. Some lawyers say the scheme should only be a last resort because victims might get higher compensation by suing the institutions where they were abused.

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