Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Compensation for SA sex abuse victims

The South Australian Government says it will focus on compensation for victims, now that the inquiry into the sexual abuse of children in state care is complete.

Commissioner Ted Mullighan's report speaks of a child welfare system in crisis, sex offender rehabilitation programs that require more funding and the State failing to protect some children in care over the past 65 years.

The former Supreme Court judge took evidence from more than 790 victims, 242 of whom were in state care when they were abused.

Families and Communities Minister Jay Weatherill says the Government has identified three key areas it wants to address.

Mr Weatherill says they include compensation for victims, more resources for prosecuting cases and a parliamentary apology.

"It's very important for all those people around the adult survivors to understand what they have been through," he said.

"The apology and acknowledgment gives them something very official, something that they can point to which says this is the truth.

"That is a very powerful element in their healing."

The Government has already vowed to make a parliamentary apology to victims, and has committed an extra $2.4 million over three years towards prosecuting cases that have arisen from the inquiry.

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