Category - Sexual Abuse Compensation
Churches are hiding behind the law to avoid paying compensation to sexual abuse victims – and government inaction allows it.
As it stands, South Australia is behind every state in relation to legislating civil litigation reform to make it easier for abuse survivors to get compensation from the liable institution.
There are already signs that governments and institutions will fail to respond adequately to the disturbing findings of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, writes TGB partner Mal Byrne for InDaily – South Australia’s largest independent news source.
Read the full column here.
Defence abuse survivors have renewed hope following the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s announcement of a new reparations scheme.
For survivors this new, less restrictive scheme represents a second chance at reparations and recognition for abuse suffered while serving their country, and follows the 2016 closure of the Defence Abuse...
The latest proposed compensation deal for institutional child sexual abuse victims doesn’t go far enough for those who have already endured so much, writes TGB partner Mal Byrne.
The Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 has just been introduced to the Federal Parliament by Social...
Despite the huge profile given to the Royal Commission into the abuse of children in Australia’s institutions, how much has really changed? Tindall Gask Bentley partner Mal Byrne argues institutional and government responses – including in South Australia – are letting victims down.
Read Mal’s full InDaily...
This morning federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter began the delicate process of convincing all the states, and other groups, to join the Commonwealth’s national redress scheme for survivors of institutional sexual abuse. You can read that story in the SMH here.
This development follows closely from last week’s...
A harrowing “Four Corners” report recently detailed abuse that occurred in some taxpayer-funded disabled care homes. In this blog, TGB partner Mal Byrne looks at potential compensation for victims of abuse.
Sexual and physical assault is a crime. It is a heinous crime when the victim is a child, even more so...
A disturbing, widespread culture of negligence around child sexual abuse by the Jehovah’s Witness church – including allowing abusers to return to the organisation – has been uncovered in the latest Royal Commission findings. Tindall Gask Bentley partner Mal Byrne explains.
The Royal Commission into Institutional...
Current and former Defence personnel no longer face the distressing prospect of recounting in person the sexual or physical abuse they suffered during their service when making a claim for injury.
The Western Australian Parliament is edging closer to removing the statute of limitations on child sex abuse claims, giving victims a greater chance of compensation and, it is hoped, some closure after many years of pain.