25 September 2023

ACT brings National Apology home

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The ACT has fully endorsed the National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse delivered by the Prime Minister earlier this week (22 October).

Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said Monday’s apology had provided an important opportunity for Canberrans to pause and reflect on the profound and devastating impacts of child sexual abuse, and the actions under way to prevent, as far as possible, such abuse recurring now and into the future.

“As a provider of services to children and a maker of public policy, the ACT Government acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that children are properly cared for, and to protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by institutions who look after them,” Mr Barr said.

“We have committed to addressing each and every recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.”

Supporting Mr Barr, the Minister for Seniors and Veterans, Gordon Ramsay said the National Apology and the ACT’s continuing work to implement the Royal Commission’s recommendations might bring up strong feelings and questions.

“Be assured you are not alone, and that there are many services and support groups available to assist,” Mr Ramsay said.

“Some options for advice and support include 1800 Respect, Lifeline on 13 11 14 and the National Redress Information Line on 1800 146 713,” he said.

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