Australian government-run organisations that help vulnerable children have had many problems with sexual predators. We have experience with such organisations at Gerard Malouf & Partner and are adept at tackling the corruption that allowed such violence against children to occur.
The history of sexual assault in government-run organisations
Children’s homes were established in 1852 in Australia as an alternative to sending parentless children to prison or letting them roam the streets. However, because these homes were created foremost to create order, the quality of care was not high on the list of priorities.
To this day, quality of care is still an issue. It was only in the 1990s that the sexual trauma that some children experienced in these homes started to gain more publicity.
A case of sexual assault in government-run AIM
ABC reports that from 1964 to 1975, Donald Henderson, an adult in charge at the Retta Dixon home – run by the Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM) – is alleged to have abused children on a massive scale. It was not until 2014 that a public hearing held by the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse looked into these alleged institutional abuses. A group of plaintiffs not only took AIM members and AIM employees to court, but also the Commonwealth and AIM institution, according the Guardian.
Making a sexual assault claim
Times are changing and victims should not fear that the abuse is too far in the past to make a claim. As the AIM case shows, the Royal Commission is transforming how the courts hear victims’ claims of sexual abuse that occurred a long time ago.
First of all, whether the abuse was recent or long ago, victims should report it to the police
Once you have a police report, will help you prepare all necessary documentation detailing the abuse and on what dates it happened. We will also help you prepare medical and psychological reports. The Family Court of Australia states that victims should provide police, counselling and medical practitioner reports as evidence of psychological or physical damage from experiencing sexual abuse as a child.
Afterwards we will submit the documentation to the institution. The court’s coming to a decision can then take anywhere from six and 12 months, and sometimes longer, depending on the complexity of your case.
At Gerard Malouf and Partners, we will fight on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve after suffering ongoing trauma. We are a compassionate and competent team of sexual assault compensation lawyers you can rely on. Please be assured that we never publish case studies relating to sexual assault.
Contact us today on 1800 004 878 to find out how our expert compensation lawyers can help you.