Inquiry to hold public hearing into Melbourne Response

Melbourne Response hearing

The way in which the Archdiocese of Melbourne has responded to victims of child sexual abuse will be the focus of the next public hearing involving the Church.

The Truth Justice and Healing Council says the hearing will commence on Monday August 18 and is scheduled to run for two weeks. It will look into the principles, practices and procedures of the victims' reparation scheme, the Melbourne Response, which was adopted by the Archdiocese of Melbourne in October 1996.

The hearing will focus on the application of the Melbourne Response in responding to survivors of child sexual abuse as well as allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

It will also look at the experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Archdiocese.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the TJHC said this latest hearing will see the leadership of the Melbourne Archdiocese explain how the scheme works, its development and its benefits or otherwise for survivors of sexual abuse.

'The Archdiocese will have to explain why they have the Melbourne Response and what it hopes to achieve. The independent operators will have to explain how the scheme operates.'

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