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Sep 16, 2013

‘I thought it was my fault’: victims begin their stories at abuse royal commission

The royal commission into child sex abuse has held its first public hearing, in Sydney on Monday. Crikey was there to hear statements from victims read out.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

The chair of the royal commission into institutional child sex abuse has told a hearing in Sydney that he had not previously understood the “devastating and long-lasting effect” of sex abuse.

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  1. Gratton Wilson

    I wonder if the Commissioners have canvassed prisons to contact people who had been subjected to child abuse. I read some years ago that 80% of inmates of women’s prisons had been abused as children. I don’t know if similar figures apply to male prisoners.

  2. Josi V

    You know Gratton, victims don’t always end up at the extreme end of society. Some just go to great pains to ‘blend in’ (hide in plain sight), and not be another ‘soft target’. Sure, there is a large variation in the outcomes that sexual abuse has on children, but not all end up as psychopaths/sociopaths!

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