Australian PM delivers national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse

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"As a nation, we failed them, we forsook them, and that will always be our shame", he said, recounting abuse that a government inquiry has shown was rife in schools, churches, orphanages, sports clubs and other institutions across the country over decades. Both the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) state that they also recommit themselves "to working with the community to eliminate the scourge of child sexual abuse". Why were the cries of children and parents ignored? It also heard evidence from leaders such as Vatican Cardinal George Pell, who is charged with committing historical sex abuses himself and was accused of failing to protect children.

The gesture followed a five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse that delved into more than 8,000 cases of sexual misconduct, a lot of them at religious and state-run institutions responsible for keeping children safe.

"It is my responsibility to ensure that we act today where governments and institutions too often failed in the past - beginning with the adoption and implementation of the Royal Commission's recommendations".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the apology in the Great Hall in parliament on Monday was a "very emotional day".

It was after a four-year-long royal commission that prime minister offered the official apology.

A National Centre for Excellence will be established to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of child sexual abuse and guide best practice for training and services. "A sorry from a nation that seeks to reach out in compassion into the darkness, where you have lived for so long".

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"Some people are going to be haunted by it forever", he said after watching the broadcast at a ceremony in Melbourne.

The report's commissioners also made more than 400 actionable recommendations to the government, which has adopted some and considering others, the BBC reports.

The Australian government has previously issued formal apologies for the mistreatment of Aboriginal Australians, for forced adoptions and homosexual convictions.

Hundreds of victims were in Canberra to hear the speech.

She said she's never healed from being abused.

This inquiry uncovered that tens of thousands of children suffered sexual abuse in the institutions mentioned by the Prime Minister.

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