Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Uncovering the cover up

Many years overdue but at last there's to be be a Royal Commission into child abuse within various institutions.

Even better, it will investigate the way complaints have been handled - read, covered up - by those institutions.

To my mind the cover ups have been at least as bad as the abuse.

Kept in-house, no action taken against the perpetrators, who were simply moved somewhere else. And all too often carried on with their criminal activities.

And there's no doubt in my mind that very, very senior people were involved in the cover ups.

Regardless of their position, anyone found to have concealed criminal activity must be
charged accordingly. Moving a perpetrator who subsequently abused more children should mean the superior who moved him is charged with aiding and abetting.

I've never been able to get my head around why victims or their families lodge their complaints to the very institution responsible for the abuse.

A priest is the abuser...so he's reported to someone else in the same church. The abuser is a scoutmaster, so the complain is made to the scout movement.

Makes no sense at all to me. If the complaints had been made to the police, as they should have been, maybe it would all have been dealt with decades ago and many children spared the trauma of abuse.

The terms of reference for the Royal Commission are still being worked out but the Prime Minister said it would investigate the abuse by a wide range of institutions as well as the manner in which they've dealt with complaints. She also said she expected the investigation would go back several decades.

I sincerely hope there are jail terms looming and although I'm not holding my breath I trust that position and status won't spare anyone found guilty.

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