South Australia has joined the National Redress Scheme which enables people who have experienced institutional child abuse to seek an apology, counselling or financial support.
About 3800 South Australians and 60,000 people nationally experienced institutional child abuse, according to a Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse.
The national scheme replaced SA’s Children in State Care Scheme and enables people who experienced institutional child abuse to be recognised, access counselling and receive a payment or direct response from the institution.
SA Attorney General Vickie Chapman said opting into the national scheme was a priority for the government.
“...today marks a tremendous day in the acknowledgment of victims of institutional child sexual abuse,” she said on the announcement.
“Nothing can undo the unspeakable abuse suffered by children, but today marks a line in the sand moment where we can hope to move forward, and give people the support, counselling and acknowledgement they need.”
The scheme also provides an alternative approach to pursuing compensation through the justice system for sufferers of abuse.
From February 1, 2019 until June 30, 2027 people who were abused in SA government institutions can apply for the scheme.
Visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call 1800 737 377 for more information.
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