Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse receive apology
Premier Gladys Berejiklian delivered an apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on behalf of the NSW Government at the Sydney Opera House, prior to a screening of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s apology in Federal Parliament.
“On behalf of the Government and people of NSW, to every survivor, I apologise deeply and unreservedly – for the pain they have suffered, and for the failure of governments and institutions to protect them when they needed it the most,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Ms Berejiklian paid tribute to survivors and thanked those who shared their experiences through the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. During her apology, the Premier reaffirmed the commitment of the Government to learn from the terrible experiences of the past and ensure action is taken to keep children safe.
“It is my responsibility to ensure that we act today where governments and institutions too often failed in the past – beginning with the adoption and implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.”
“We will use every authority of Government to create meaningful, enduring change in the institutions and organisations of our society.”
Where to find support:
The NSW Government encourages survivors of child sexual or physical assault to access confidential counselling that is available through the Victims Support Scheme on 1800 633 063.
- Lifeline - 13 11 14
- Survivors & Mates Support Network Helpline - 1800 472 676
- Child Protection Helpline - 132 111.