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Media Release from Archbishop Jeffrey Driver

From the Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide, with Anglicare SA, has welcomed the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

We are committed to supporting the Commission's work, particularly for the sake of the many survivors of abuse who we hope will now feel a sense of being heard and recognised by the churches and the Australian community.

The matters being considered by the Royal Commission are tragic and painful. I acknowledge the profound sense of betrayal experienced by the victims of abuse, particularly where that abuse has been perpetrated by people holding a position of care, or holy trust.

I recognise that, for some, the deliberations of the Royal Commission will stir up deep grief and painful memories. As a Diocese, we continue to express our willingness to assist the survivors of abuse whenever we can.

In many past instances the response of the Church and its associated agencies to allegations of abuse, or to the needs of survivors, has not been adequate or timely. We are deeply sorry for that.

Over some years now the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide and its associated agencies have worked to embrace best practice in the area of child protection. We acknowledge that this must be a matter of continuous improvement, so as the Royal Commission moves towards completing its deliberations, we are committed to working with its findings and recommendations to ensure the churches and other institutions within Australian society have the highest levels of care and protection for the young and the vulnerable.

The Most Rev’d Dr Jeffrey Driver
Archbishop of Adelaide

For further queries or requests contact Archbishop Driver’s Media Advisor, Katrina McLachlan on 0414972537 or communications@adelaideanglicans.com

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