Australia plans national apology after sex abuse revelations


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Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced he will deliver a national apology to victims who suffered sexual abuse in institutions such as schools, orphanages and sporting organizations.

Turnbull’s pledge comes in the wake of a four-year investigation into abuse (The Guardian) which often seemed to traumatize the entire nation with its findings. Nearly 3,500 institutions were investigated, with 1,200 public testimonies and 8,000 individuals giving evidence privately (Science Direct).

The commission reported last December. “It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples’. Society’s major institutions have seriously failed,” it said.

Turnbull said survivors of abuse would be consulted about the wording of the apology. The Australian government has already pledged financial compensation and will set aside A$30 million (£17m; $23m), for individual payments of up to A$150,000 (£84,000; $117,000).

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