Voiceless Victim

A survivor of clergy child sexual abuse speaks out for those who can't speak for themselves

Australian Prime Minister Announces National Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse

I woke up today with no expectation that by late afternoon I would achieve an almost impossible dream.

But finally victims of child sexual abuse throughout Australia are to be given a voice, to be given a chance of justice, to be able to use our painful experiences to prevent other children having to suffer as we did, and still do.

Today’s announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard changed my world.

I am no longer a neglected, abused, abandoned, voiceless victim.

I am a strong survivor living in a country that gives a damn.

But we wouldn’t be here today without the bravery and sacrifice of so many courageous victims, some of whom have been doing this most thankless work for decades and have suffered terribly through being ignored, rejected and intimidated, often brutally.

And we can never forget those who didn’t make it, but whose suffering is part of our story, and whose loss reminds us just how important it is to get it right during this once in a lifetime opportunity.

And we need to ensure our Aboriginal brothers and sisters are not left behind, as they too have suffered terribly and uniquely.

We can leave the nitpicking for faults and haggling over details for tomorrow.

Tonight we celebrate, tonight we hope, and tonight we begin to leave the pain behind.

Tonight good won the battle against evil.

It is evil’s turn to be afraid.

 

Stay safe everyone, and congratulations.

 

VV

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One response to “Australian Prime Minister Announces National Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse

  1. Hanora Brennan November 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Here’s hoping Pell gets his come uppance and Peter O’Callaghan and Richard Leder. These individuals enabled the RCC to perpetrate its fould deeds.

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