During 2012 an announcement was made regarding the establishment of a Royal Commission into institutional responses to allegations of sexual abuse of children. The proceedings of this Commission began with the first sitting taking place on Wednesday April 3 2013 in Melbourne.
The Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers and Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) has issued a joint statement supporting the establishment of the Royal Commission and the intended outcomes of these hearings.
St Edward’s College acknowledges its support for this Royal Commission. The College welcomes the commitment of the hearing to address the responses to allegations of child abuse by a range of institutions, government agencies and church organisations from all denominations that are responsible for the care of young people.
Abuse of young people can never be excused or accepted in society. The breach of trust of impressionable young people and the devastating and long lasting consequences on them and their families cannot be tolerated. The St Edward’s College community is committed to justice, support for and sensitivity to those affected by abuse and to protecting the young people entrusted to our care from being exposed to situations where abuse may occur.
The statement issued by the Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers and Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) supporting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is available below.