Catholic institutions join redress scheme for abuse victims

Australia

Most Catholic institutions have now joined the national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse, five months after it opened.

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher says 27 of the 35 dioceses and archdioceses within Australia are now participating in the scheme.

Mr Fletcher says he expects the remaining eight institutions to sign as soon as possible.

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher.

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher.

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“Many survivors of institutional child sexual abuse have been waiting for Catholic institutions to join the Redress Scheme since they announced their intention in May 2018,” he said.

“This is a good start and it’s good news for those survivors who will now be able to have their applications processed.”

The first Catholic religious order, the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), has also joined.

The announcement comes after the first group of Anglican institutions signed up to the scheme last week.

The scheme can offer counselling, a direct response from responsible institutions and a redress payment.

The scheme opened on July 2 but many survivors have been waiting for Catholic institutions to join before they could lodge their claims.

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