Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse announced that it is holding a public hearing in Sydney from 2 December 2014 at 10:00am.
The public hearing will inquire into the response of the Mangrove Yoga Ashram located at Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales, to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
- The response between 1974 and 2014 of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales, to allegations or reports of child sexual abuse made against Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.
- The operation of the Ashram between 1974 and 1989 in relation to matters of child sexual abuse.
- The systems, policies and procedures in place at the Ashram between 1974 and 1989, and currently, in relation to raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse.
- Any related matters.
Kernaghan & Associates acts on behalf of the Mangrove Yoga Ashram and has this morning released the attached Press Release. In it, Aaron Kernaghan explains that his clients welcome the Case Study and intend to play an active role in ensuring that the transparency of the process and wisdom of the recommendations that may flow are instrumental in the future development of the organisation. For more details, please see the attached press release.
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