The Royal Commission continues its examination of the institutional responses to cild sexual assault in regional Australia. The Commission will hold public hearings in Ballarat commencing from Tuesday 19 May, 2015. A second hearing is expected at a future date.
Kernaghan & Associates continues working with survivors in ensuring they have representation during the proceedings and during the long and complex process of submissions that follows it.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to hear:
- From residents, students and others of their experiences of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and religious associated with the following institutions run by Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat:
a) St Joseph’s Home, Ballarat
b) St Alipius Primary School, Ballarat East
c) St Alipius Parish, Ballarat East
d) St Patrick’s College, Ballarat
e) St Patrick’s Christian Brothers Boys Primary School, Ballarat.
- From residents, students and others about the impact of their experiences of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and religious associated with institutions run by Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat.
- From members of the community of Ballarat about the impact of child sexual abuse on the community of Ballarat.
- The response of relevant Catholic Church authorities to:
a) the impact of child sexual abuse on survivors of child sexual abuse, their families and the community of Ballarat; and
b) survivors of child sexual abuse, their families and the community of Ballarat following the conviction of Catholic clergy and religious for acts of child sexual abuse committed at institutions associated with Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat.
- From Catholic clergy who have been convicted of child sexual offences which took place within the geographical bounds of the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat.
- Any related matters.
People or institutions who have a direct interest in the public hearing have been invited to lodge an application for leave to appear by 12 May 2015. With the hearings coming up close to starting, principal lawyer Aaron Kernaghan has encouraged those who are survivors and witnesses to ensure that they do not miss the opportunity to have a voice in the proceedings:
“We have seen some witnesses in the past not receive representation until very late and
it can provide a level of complexity and stress that we would hope to avoid in a process
like this one. There are many avenues by which survivors can obtain
representation – all of them at no-cost with funding provided
through the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.”
If you would like assistance with the Ballarat hearings,
please contact Aaron Kernaghan at Kernaghan & Associates
toll-free on 1800-091-889