UPDATE at 12.30 PM | There were emotional scenes in Canberra today as Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered the apology that victims and survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in Australia have waited so long for.
In an impassioned speech in Parliament on Monday, Mr Morrison paid tribute and apologised to the victims and their families, many of whom shared their stories through the Royal Commission established by Julia Gillard in 2012.
“Mr Speaker, today, as a nation, we confront our failure to listen, to believe, and to provide justice,” Mr Morrison said.
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“And, again, today, we say sorry. To the children we failed, sorry. To the parents whose trust was betrayed and who have struggled to pick up the pieces, sorry.
“To the whistleblowers, who we did not listen to, sorry. To the spouses, partners, wives, husbands, children, who have dealt with the consequences of the abuse, cover-ups and obstruction, sorry.
“To generations past and present, sorry.
“I simply say I believe you, we believe you, your country believes you.”
As part of the apology, Mr Morrison also committed a museum and research centre to raise awareness of the impacts of child sexual abuse.
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EARLIER at 7.00 AM | Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver a national apology to victims and survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in Canberra today.
Mr Morrison will deliver the historic apology at Parliament House, with more than 1000 people, including victims, survivors and others personally affected by institutional child sexual abuse, expected to attend.
The National Apology, set to be broadcast across the country, will acknowledge and apologise for the “appalling abuse endured by vulnerable children”
The apology will pay tribute to victims of institutional child sexual abuse, many of whom shared their stories through the Royal Commission.
“Revelations to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shocked Australians and highlighted the suffering endured by too many young Australians at the hands of people who were entrusted with their care,” Attorney-General Christian Porter said earlier this year.
“By sharing their personal stories, these courageous survivors have provided hope that future generations of Australians will be protected from the scourge of child sexual abuse.”
As part of the apology, the Prime Minister will commit a new museum to raise awareness of the impacts of child sexual abuse.