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Death of paedophile priest used to evade new allegations against the Catholic church in NSW

The death of Lismore paedophile priest Father Clarence Anderson has sheltered the Church from new allegations of child sexual abuse. The victim in question, a woman referred to as GLJ, took her case to the Supreme Court of NSW. She argued that the Catholic Church is liable for the traumatic attack she experienced as a …

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Campaign to draw attention to abuse in Defence Force

A group of survivors and advocates are calling for an end to abuse within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), off the back of the Royal Commission. The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will not only examine suicides but also the underlying culture and practices that leads to Australian Defence Force abuse. A group …

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Campaign to draw attention to Australian Defence Force abuse

Push to ban spit-hoods nationwide after continued use in Northern Territory

After the continued use of spit hoods on kids in the NT, advocates are pushing for nationwide ban on the barbaric devices. If you wish to support the move to ban spit hoods: SIGN THE PETITION HERE The NT News confirmed today that all states except for Queensland and Northern Territory stopped using spit hoods …

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Push to ban spit-hoods nationwide after continued use in Northern Territory

Setting the Record Straight: Russell Manser on Australia Story

When 14-year old Russell Manser stole his first car for thrills in Mt Druitt, he didn’t realise he would spend most of his life at odds with the law. ABC’s Australian Story dove deep into Manser’s past, showcasing his incredible story of rehabilitation. The full episode is set to air on Monday May 30 at 8pm. …

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Setting the Record Straight Russell Manser on Australia Story

Hillsong founder facing charges of concealing child sexual abuse

Hillsong founder Brian Houston announced he will step down from all ministry responsibilities to defend criminal charges relating to the Hillsong child abuse scandal. Police charged Houston late last year, accusing him of concealing information related to a child his father allegedly abused. Hillsong child abuse scandal: founder’s father accused of child sexual abuse In …

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Hillsong founder facing charges of concealing child sexual abuse

Former Don Dale detainees share harrowing experiences in court

The NT Supreme Court has heard the traumatic experiences of those who survived mistreatment at the infamous Don Dale Detention Centre. Don Dale detainees class action Detainees launched a class action against the Northern Territory Government after the Royal Commissions findings. They reached a settlement, with compensation going to any young person who spent time in …

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Australian Sports Commission apologises to gymnasts after revelations of abuse

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has apologised to gymnasts after revelations of abuse detailed in a Human Rights Commission report. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released an independent report on the practices of gymnastics in Australia. This is following allegations from former female gymnasts who attended the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra. …

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Australian Sports Commission apologises to gymnasts after revelations of abuse

Hope for survivors as Attorney-General Amends Civil Liability Act

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman has released a media statement in relation to amendments to the Civil Liability Act 2004 (NSW). For months we have been advocating to remove restrictions on children who were abused whilst in the care of the NSW Government in custody. Today, Mark Speakman announced promising changes: “Today’s Civil Liability Amendment (Child Abuse) …

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Survivors' hope: Attorney-General Amends Civil Liability Act

Plans to set aside unfair child sexual abuse settlements

New legislation will set aside unfair settlements between institutions and victims of child sexual abuse. However, the current draft amendment fails to take into consideration a large portion of the victims. NSW MLC David Shoebridge has made a formal submission to NSW Government to set aside all unfair settlements of child sexual abuse. The current …

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‘Treat kids like kids’ – former President of WA Children’s Court speaks out

Former President of the Western Australia Children’s Court urges courts to treat children, like children. Denis Reynolds said that courts have shifted to being more concerned with the seriousness of the offence than the children’s welfare. Some of the Aboriginal children who appeared before him were so young and small he could hardly see them …

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President of Childrens Court WA speaks out on Indigneous incarceration

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