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Child Abuse - Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - stories needed!

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  1. wizardofoz

    wizardofoz Patron

    Not sure if this has been posted yet. The closing date for submissions is 31 August.

    The Committee is seeking information relating to:
    • The causes and effects of criminal abuse within religious and other non-government organisations.
    • Whether victims were in any way discouraged from reporting such abuse, either within the relevant organisation or to the police.
    • If such abuse was reported, how the reporting of their experience of abuse was handled.
    • The consequences of abuse, including the effect on the victims and others, and the consequences for the perpetrator(s).
    • The adequacy of the policies, procedures and practices within religious and other non-government organisations that relate to the prevention of, and response to, child abuse.
    • Suggestions for reform, to help prevent abuse and ensure that allegations of abuse are properly dealt with. This includes both reforms to Victorian laws and reforms to the policies, procedures and practices within religious and other non-government organisations.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2012
  2. Jump

    Jump Operating teatime

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

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    It would be useful to write a small submission to this inquiry regarding your own experiences or opinion. This is probably the best forum available to tell your story. You can be sure it will be read by officials, and read in a context of wanting to understand the issues. The inquiry is held by Victorian State Parliament, but I'm sure any submission from Australia would be received.

    With reference to children or families, 'abuse' might be..
    - Requirement of excessive ‘donations’
    - Restriction of educational freedom of choice
    - Punishment of dissent
    - Harassment or badgering
    - Restriction of access to information
    - Denial of appropriate time with family
    - Parent Alienation Syndrome
    - Restriction of access to appropriate medical care
    - Requirement of excessive work hours
    - A diagnosis of ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’
    - Harassment (of dissenters) through the court system
    - Coverup of adverse incidents
    - Corporal punishments especially of minors
    - Complaint of illegal activity without (convictable) evidence
    - Coercive mind control practices
    - Disconnection
    - Enforced work
    - Disruption of normal family life
    - Sexual abuse
    - Physical abuse
    - Etc.

    Submissions close Friday, 31 August 2012

    Website: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc
    Submission Guide: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/im...quiry/Final_FCDC_CAinROs_Submission_Guide.pdf

    "Your submission can contain factual information,
    opinion or both. You may want to draw the
    attention of the Committee to something relevant
    to the Inquiry. You may choose to emphasise
    solutions to the matter or issue before the
    committee. This is entirely your choice."


    Please submit all electronic responses to fcdc@parliament.vic.gov.au or via the eSubmissions page.
     
  3. RogerB

    RogerB Crusader

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    Wowzer! Those Victorians again.

    Like deja vu . . . here they go again, but 49 years later.

    Let's hope the other states pay attention this time.

    R
     
  4. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    This is BIG!
    Please get writing guys. Can we work on alerting anyone who has told their story already and may not know about this?

     
  5. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    :bump2:
     
  6. I told you I was trouble

    I told you I was trouble Suspended animation

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati




    What Free to shine said ...

    :yes:
     
  7. Cherished

    Cherished Silver Meritorious Patron

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    Thank you for this, FreetoShine.

    I'd encourage everyone who was recruited while living in Victoria, or who worked at a Victorian org, as a child to tell their story. ie Even if the abuse happened interstate. Let them know that you were taken across state lines specifically for the purpose of being put to work (or whatever your story is).
     
  8. Panda Termint

    Panda Termint Cabal Of One

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    Anyone who was in the Cadet Org would have a story that would be well worth telling to the Inquiry. Any child who was left in squalid conditions whilst their Staff Member parents laboured long hours in the CofS. Children who were abused and mistreated as a result of "absent parents" etc.

    If you ever had such an unfortunate experience, this is your chance to tell someone who cares. Submissions close in less than two weeks.
     
  9. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    Can people outside Victoria do a submission?
     
  10. Sharone Stainforth

    Sharone Stainforth Silver Meritorious Patron

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    Tell me Sue, what IS the point?

    You are dealing with Scientologists, LOADS of them, and I am loath to deal with any of them any more. I know your heart is in the right place, so is mine, but it is a waste of time.

    We are dealing with More Rons!
     
  11. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    No, this is an Inquiry by the Victorian Parliament. This is shining the light, blowing the lid off the crimes and the lies, so it stops happening to others. That is always worth the time.

    I see it as an indirect result of all the hard work by Senator Xenophon and everyone who has spoken of that which must not be spoken of.

    Let's do it!
     
  12. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    I just checked the link and the deadline has been extended!


    I'm still reading the Submission Guide, I think it's more comprehensive than the last time I read it, or I am going cross-eyed or something.
    Look at this point:

     
  13. Panda Termint

    Panda Termint Cabal Of One

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    Now that comment is just plain weird. :confused2:
     
  14. Emma

    Emma Con te partirò Administrator

    Re: Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry - Handling of Child Abuse by Religious Organisati

    Read the OP again. This is the government asking for submissions because of a parliamentary inquiry into CHILD ABUSE in religion. I would think this would be very close to your heart Sharone.:duh:
     
  15. Emma

    Emma Con te partirò Administrator

    Hellooooo Scooooooooter!!!! :megaphone:
     
  16. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

  17. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    A story broke yesterday in Victoria - Melbourne Jewish Centre apologises for handling of abuse

    Now wouldn't it be nice if the same happened with scientology?

    They need to know if something is to be done ....
     
  18. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Is anyone doing submissions?
    Know anyone who could?

    They can be about the procedures within orgs as well, see the original links.
     
  19. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    I have just heard back from the Commission regarding who can do submissions:

     
  20. sallydannce

    sallydannce Gold Meritorious Patron

    So this means that anyone can make a submission? (sorry I'm a bit thick today, had a long night with a touch of insomnia)

    Why can't they word it real simple for people who are low on sleep and say "anyone anywhere can make a submission"? :)