In May 2015 Shine Lawyers made a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse supporting the implementation of a redress scheme concerning past abuse and calling for legal reform in relation to limitation issues for abuse survivors.
The Royal Commission is currently considering the effectiveness of redress schemes established by governments or institutions to offer compensation and services to those who suffer child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.
A Shine Lawyers Abuse Law representative said the firm’s submission also explores the effectiveness of civil litigation systems in resolving the claims of those who have been harmed while in the care of institutions.
“A well-planned and executed redress scheme would provide an effective fall-back position for abuse survivors who would be unlikely to succeed in a common law claim or who simply could not bear to put themselves through the litigation process,” said the representative.
Without the option of a redress scheme available to abuse survivors, some individuals would lose all opportunities to be compensated for what they’ve been through.
“We believe that a redress scheme would be a less invasive, cost effective and more time-effective solution for those individuals who deserve recompense.”
The firm has acted for abuse survivors in a number of significant actions including, the Neerkol Group Litigation, Nudgee Orphanage Group Litigation, Brisbane Grammar Sexual Abuse Litigation and St Paul’s Sexual Abuse Group Litigation.
Shine Lawyers strongly believes that adequate consideration should be given to alternative civil remedies for compensation for sexual abuse survivors in institutional contexts in order to provide some justice to these victims.
Click here to view Shine's Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs for the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 and Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments Bill 2017).
Written by Shine Lawyers on September 13, 2017. Last modified: April 17, 2019.