National Redress Scheme is welcome but won’t help many abuse survivors
As survivors of institutional child sexual abuse welcome the start of the Federal Government’s historic National Redress Scheme on July 1, 2018, Australian Care Leavers will hold a minute’s silence to honour those who will never receive Redress and justice.
CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy said many Care Leavers have died prematurely through ill health or suicide as a consequence of the crimes committed upon them as children in Australia’s orphanages, Children’s Homes and Foster Care.
“We welcome the introduction of the National Redress Scheme and thank the Prime Minister, our Parliamentary Patron, for his commitment to Care Leavers,” Ms Sheedy said. “But many, many Care Leavers have died waiting for justice and we will gather on the site of the Royal Commission in Sydney on July 1 to remember them on this important day.”
Ms Sheedy said the National Redress Scheme will provide much-needed financial and psychological support to people who were sexually abused but CLAN still had concerns about key elements of the scheme.
“It is completely unfair that Care Leavers who have received payments from inadequate and inequitable state government Redress schemes will have those payments indexed (or adjusted for inflation) and the indexed amount will be deducted from their entitlement from the National Redress Scheme. Indexing prior payments is just another kick in the guts for people who have waited too long for justice,” Ms Sheedy said.
“We also call for the National Redress Scheme to be extended to include people who were physically and psychologically abused in Australia’s Orphanages, Children’s Homes and Foster Care.
“Not all children were sexually abused but many children suffered cruel and inhumane treatment in these institutions. This scheme provides nothing for them. We believe justice will be denied these people until the National Redress Scheme is extended to ALL forms of abuse, not just sexual abuse.”
Media are invited to CLAN’s One Minute’s Silence on July 1, 2018.
ADDRESS: Governor Macquarie Tower, the site of the Royal Commission,
1 Farrer Place, Sydney
DATE: Sunday July 1, 2018
TIME: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Care Leavers will be available for interview. For more information please contact:
CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy M: 0425 204 747