Survivors of child sexual abuse living in the Northern Territory should apply to the National Redress Scheme that launched yesterday, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
The National Redress Scheme was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Senator Scullion said the Scheme was established to provide counselling, an acknowledgement from the institution involved and a redress payment to people who were sexually abused in an institutional setting as children.
“To apply for redress, people will complete a form explaining what happened to them and how it has impacted them. You can do that on paper or online through myGov,” Senator Scullion said.
“Redress Support Services are available to help people understand the Scheme and complete their application, while free legal and financial support is also available.
“I encourage anyone in the Northern Territory who is a survivor of child sex abuse to apply for the Scheme.
“This is an important part of the healing process. Redress will acknowledge the hurt and the harm suffered by survivors, and ensure that institutions take responsibility for the abuse that occurred on their watch, by their people.”
For more information about the National Redress Scheme:
- Visit nationalredress.gov.au
- Call 1800 737 377 Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (local time), excluding public holidays.
People who need immediate assistance can contact:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours)
- 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978