Financial compensation cannot undo the pain that survivors of institutional sexual abuse suffered. However, the national redress scheme was created as a result of the Royal Commission into sexual abuse. It is a way of recognising the pain that survivors often silently endured. Or, to address the many survivors who received inadequate compensation with no way to challenge it or pursue other means of justice.
In order to better understand Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and provide support for its survivors, we must discuss the facts about it openly and honestly. The below resource provides helpful information including how to access support services.
A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, the National Redress Scheme was established by the Australian Federal Government in 2018.
The trauma of childhood sexual abuse is significantly devastating for all survivors. When child sexual abuse occurs in institutional contexts, it has a profoundly complex and wide-ranging influence on their childhood and throughout their adult lives.
The National Redress Scheme was created as a support system for those coping with the lifelong, devastating consequences of child sexual abuse at the hands of an institution. Adult survivors struggle long after the abuse takes place and this scheme is both a mechanism for compensation and support. It was created on the back of the Royal Commission on sexual abuse, an inquiry that reviewed child abuse laws Australia and found rampant child sexual abuse at institutions such as schools, youth facilities, and churches.
The National Redress Scheme (NRS) is a Commonwealth Government initiative which provides a range of support to adult survivors of child sexual abuse. In this Guide we explain:
Child sexual abuse often has devastating and lifelong consequences for survivors. The National Redress Scheme is a system that has been set up for supporting adult survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution (such as a church or school).
The National Redress Scheme (‘NRS’) is the Commonwealth Government’s response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Through the NRS, the Government aims to: