The second public hearing by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse into The Salvation Army has been advertised as commencing in Sydney in Thursday, 27 March, 2014 (moved from Monday 24 March, 2014). On the basis that I believed I have “a direct and substantial interest in the Scope and Purpose of the public hearing,” on 9 March, 2014, I lodged a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing.
According to the Royal Commission’s website:
“The public hearing will inquire into the handling by The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) of claims of child sexual abuse between 1993 and 2014. The hearing – the tenth since the Royal Commission was established – is scheduled to run for up to two weeks. Royal Commission CEO, Ms Janette Dines, says the scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
- The policies, practices and procedures of The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory), between 1993 and 2014, for responding to claims of child sexual abuse at children’s homes it operated or elsewhere.
- The application and adequacy of these policies, practices and procedures between 1993 and 2014.
- The experience of people who made complaints to The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) between 1993 and 2014.
- The policies, practices and procedures between 1989 and 2014 concerning the disciplining of officers of The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) who were the subject of allegations of child sexual abuse.
- Any other related matters.”
I have written a very long statement detailing a number of matters pertinent to the scope and purpose of the public hearings. I am very pleased to be able to say that the Royal Commission appears, at this stage, to be interested in what I have to say, and I am grateful for that.
I understand that my application for leave to appear may be refused for whatever reason, but I hope very much that it will be accepted and I will get to appear publicly; I have a great deal to say about how my father was treated by the Salvation Army and would like the way he was treated to be heard widely.
I don’t know when a decision will be made about my application, but I will post when I find out.
More generally, I will be observing the Case Study 10 hearings with interest and hope to be able to comment upon them as events unfold.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION: HELP OBTAIN JUSTICE FOR LEWIS BLAYSE FROM THE SALVATION ARMY.
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