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Australia launches inquiry into child sexual abuse; 5,000 expected to testify

Catholic World News - April 03, 2013

Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held its first hearing on April 3. Although Prime Minister Julia Gillard formed the commission in the wake of allegations against Catholic priests and religious, the commission will not limit its focus to the Church.

“This is an important moral moment for our nation,” said Gillard. “When I established this royal commission I understood that it was going to require our whole country to stare some very uncomfortable truths in the face.”

At least 5,000 people are expected to testify before the commission, which is scheduled to issue an interim report in 2014 and a final report in 2015.

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