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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has announced that registrations for private sessions will close on September 30, 2016.
A private session allows survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story directly with a Commissioner in a private setting.
“The rate at which people come to the Commission seeking a private session shows no present sign of diminishing. It has averaged 37 per week over the past 12 months,” Justice McClellan said.
“If the present demand for private sessions continues throughout the life of the Commission, unless we close off applications well before we complete our final report, many people who may seek a private session will be disappointed.”
The Royal Commission has advised there will be no exceptions after the September 30 deadline.
Currently approximately 1,500 people are waiting to see one of the Commissioners at a private session.
Bravehearts has assisted many survivors prepare and share their story with the Royal Commission.
If you are a survivor or whistle-blower and wish to share your experience with the Royal Commission, do not hesitate to contact Bravehearts on 1800 272 831. Bravehearts are here to support you on your journey.
if you require more information about how to register for a private session with the Royal Commission, please see their website.