Royal Commission Revelations: Sexual Assault on Children Commonplace?
After new data emerged out of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Assault, it disconcertingly revealed the sinister reality behind many evangelical institutions in decades gone by. 4500 people made claims of child sexual assault in the past 35 years. The Chief Executive of the Catholic Churches Truth, Justice and Healing Commission has conceded ‘these numbers are shocking’. Saying they constitute something ‘tragic and indefensible’, he has rightly identified that ‘each entry into this data represents a child who suffered at the hands of someone who should have cared for and protected them.’ Showing the ‘massive failure of the Catholic Church to protect children from abusers’ and a ‘corruption of the Gospel the Church seeks to profess’, Catholic Church leaders are espousing the need for reform and are said to be ‘hanging their head in shame.’
The Daily spoke with Dr Cathy Kezelaman, President of the Blue Knot foundation, an organisation dedicated to empowering recovery from childhood trauma.
Produced by Madison Thorne