Crikey Clarifier

Feb 7, 2018

Will the child sexual abuse redress scheme cause more trauma than it compensates?

The Commonwealth redress scheme for institutional child sexual abuse has attracted criticism on several fronts. Crikey looks at how the scheme compensates survivors, and where it falls flat.

Following last year’s recommendations by the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, the federal government has announced its support for a national redress scheme, and is in the process of drafting the legislation.

This might seem like an opportune moment of rare governmental good will. Yet while the scheme is due to open in July 2018, there has been little fanfare or positive public reception.

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6 thoughts on “Will the child sexual abuse redress scheme cause more trauma than it compensates?

  1. [email protected]

    Read my articles for a proper treatment of the failures of the NRS. There are far more issues that concern victims than those you have mentioned.

  2. mary wood

    Would it not be possible to re-appoint the Royal Commissioners to administer the funds to the victims of abuse. After all they are totally familiar with what has happened to these poor souls and the absolute indifference of the institutions to their crimes. Further, should the churches refuse to take part in a meaningful way they should lose their tax-free status and the funds received from this used as compensation

  3. old greybearded one

    The Catholic church should be told opt in and pay up or lose your status and contribute via taxes. Scum.

    1. AR

      Yeah, nah, I’d rather they paid up and lost the tax free status.

      1. Peter Wileman

        Amen to that.

  4. Peter Morrison

    The so called Child Sexual Abuse Redress Scheme is an ill thought out program that will achieve nothing but to put survivors through more terror and trauma than anybody deserves.
    Just how do you scrutinize abuse in order to place upon it a monetary value? Disgusting.

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