New Zealand’s Royal Commission into Abuse in Care says it will never be possible to determine the exact number of people abused because of large gaps and deficiencies in data collected at the time. Source: Radio New Zealand.
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins, who released the interim report yesterday, said it was a difficult read, and showed the enormity of abuse and trauma that had occurred.
The report is based on accounts of people abused in state care, provided up to the conclusion of the state redress hearing in early November at private and public hearings. It has no specific recommendations, but what the royal commission has learned will ultimately inform its recommendations to government in a final report.
The royal commission has been tasked with examining historical abuse in the care of state-based and faith-based institutions. Redress hearings for those abused while in faith-based care were held in late November and early December.
The report said the estimate that about a quarter of a million young people were abused may be conservative.
Te Rōpū Tautoko, the Catholic Church’s agency that coordinates cooperation with the royal commission, said the Church would study and learn from report.
“Church leaders will be discussing these reports widely with the aim of looking at how we can continue to improve the way we help people who have been abused and the systems we have in place to prevent further abuse,” Te Rōpū Tautoko chair Catherine Fyfe said.
Royal Commission into Abuse in Care releases interim report (By Andrew McRae, Radio New Zealand)