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The website of the "Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse" says it will "investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions."
But most child abuse doesn't happen in institutions. There's a well-funded industry devoted to pretending that it does – and mostly in the Catholic Church – and wanting the Church punished, bankrupted and hastened into non-existence.
With child abuse flourishing in every seemingly normal Australian street, better perhaps to say, not "isn't the Church terrible?", but "isn't our whole society terrible – so teeming with child abuse that it has penetrated even the Church?"
To further entrench the notion that child abuse is a problem peculiar to institutions can only guarantee that most abuse will never be eliminated.
Isn't this Royal Commission into institutions itself an institution worsening the problem?
ARNOLD JAGO (DR)
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 3 (April 2013), p. 14
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