Despite the Royal Commission finding that the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not ‘adequately protect’ children from abuse, they’ve decided not to sign up for the redress scheme, citing the differences in their institution.
Enacted in the wake of the Royal Commission, the redress scheme forces institutions to counsel and compensate child abuse survivors. Those who don’t join will be shamed publicly.
While some victims of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church may see justice, but for the vast majority, my dad included, it is already too late.
The news about George Pell hit home, as I thought of my uncle, a victim of the church, one who didn’t survive to see judgement served.
George Pell has been freed from prison, unanimously cleared by the High Court, thereby allowing the possibility of an appeal.