First sitting of Royal Commission: an important occasion
Yesterday was the first sitting of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. It is an important occasion. My hope is that the Royal Commission will help liberate hundreds of people who have struggled for years with guilt, remorse or anger because of their abuse.
These people, who in the past have struggled to get a hearing from self-interested institutions, will now be in the driving seat. We must listen and learn (and occasionally squirm) at their stories.
Caring for children is a sacred trust and the Royal Commission will expose situations where trust has been betrayed. Children are vulnerable to exploitation and there are no excuses when individuals in organisations set up to support them become the exploiters.