Religious organisations in Australia should be required to report child abuse

A child abuse survivor says religious organisations in all Australian states and territories should be required to report historical child sexual abuse. Each state and territory has its own laws on mandatory reporting.

A child abuse survivor says religious organisations in all Australian states and territories should be required to report historical child sexual abuse. And they were not legally compelled to do so under West Australian law. During the royal commission into child abuse, which spanned from 2013 to 2017, the faith group committed to reporting abuse to authorities.

But the institute chose to conduct its own investigation — and handed down its own restrictions to her abuser — according to a document seen by the ABC. A Jehovah’s Witness spokesperson previously told the ABC the group was unable to comment on the specifics of the case, but it regarded child abuse as a crime and an abhorrent sin. If Ms Whitton was in another jurisdiction, her former church may have been legally required to report the abuse. She said irregularities in the law across the country were creating a “safe haven for monsters” and that “no-one is above the law”. Each state and territory has its own laws on mandatory reporting

Source: abcnews