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An event will be held at the Mount Laura Homestead Museum on October 22

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People living in Whyalla and surrounding areas who experienced institutional child sexual abuse, and their supporters, are invited to gather for a ceremonial event at the Mount Laura Homestead Museum to mark the National Apology on Monday October 22.

A central event is being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre where the Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson will deliver a State Apology on behalf of the South Australian Government. This event will also include the broadcast of the National Apology from Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra.

Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said the State Government stood united with the Federal Government in acknowledging and apologising for the pain and suffering that those abused experienced in South Australian institutions.

"All children and young people deserve to be safe, happy and healthy, and to be protected from abuse,” said Minister Sanderson.

"Nothing can excuse the horrific sexual abuse that children experienced in institutions that were meant to protect them.

"We recognise the long-term impacts that this abuse has had on the psychological, physical and emotional wellbeing of so many.

"The State Government is committed to providing recognition and access to justice for those who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse and takes responsibility for the abuse that occurred in state-run institutions.

"This abuse has impacted people all over the state, and these events will give them an opportunity to come together and have their experiences recognised by the whole country."

The Whyalla event is one of the regional events which also be held at Port Pirie, Berri, Port Augusta and Mount Gambier, where the Canberra broadcast will be televised in collaboration with councils.

The State Government has committed to taking strong actions to support people who have experienced abuse in the past and to better protect children in the future.

These actions include, but are not limited to:

  • National Redress Scheme (including financial compensation, counselling and psychological support)
  • Removing time limitations for child sexual abuse compensation
  • Creating stronger child safe environments
  • Stronger Working with Children Checks
  • Changes to mandatory notification laws to include religious confessions.

The State and National Apologies are being delivered in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in line with the commencement of phase 2 of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017.

They are also being held during National Children’s Week, which runs from October 19 to 28.

ABC will broadcast the National Apology from 10.30am (ACDT). Support will be available on the day for anyone who experiences distress at an event. 

This Whyalla event is held in partnership with Council. It will be at the Mount Laura Homestead Museum, 7-9 Ekblom Street, Whyalla Norrie from 9.30am to 12.15pm.

Those wishing to attend must register at https://bit.ly/2pOvzjI 

For more information go to https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/

Who should attend these events?

The National Apology is a day for people who were abused, and their families and supporters.

To respect the wishes of people who were consulted about the apology, institutions will not be represented at the events. 

Members of institutions who wish to attend events in their personal capacity as a survivor, or as a support person to a survivor, are respectfully asked to not wear a uniform or any clothing that identifies their institution which may risk traumatising survivors. 

Attendees are reminded that this event is nationally significant, and may attract media attention. It is a personal decision if you wish to engage with the media. Every effort will be made to protect your privacy while attending the event.

Support will be available on the day for anyone experiencing distress at an event. 

 

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