Canberra, Australia, Jul 2, 2018 / 10:32 am America/Denver (CNA).
On Sunday Australia launched a program to compensate the victims of institutional child sex abuse.
“The development of the National Redress Scheme was one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and was supported by the Catholic Church in Australia (which was the first non-government entity to join the scheme) and many survivor groups,” read a statement from the Archdiocese of Sydney.
The scheme runs ten years, from July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2027.
The Australian bishops announced May 30 they would be joining the plan.
“Survivors deserve justice and healing and many have bravely come forward to tell their stories,” said Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane.