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Royal Commission time extension welcomed

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Media Statement

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Slater and Gordon has welcomed the announcement that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be granted an additional two years to complete its inquiry, pushing the due date for its report and recommendations to 2017.

Senior personal injury lawyer Hayden Stephens said the additional time would help to ensure that the thousands of other victims who have not yet provided evidence to the Commission will now have the opportunity to do so.

“This is welcome news for the thousands of brave souls who have already come forward and for those currently waiting to provide evidence,” Mr Stephens said.

“This Royal Commission has been instrumental in giving victims the confidence that their voices will be heard, with 2200 people having already take part in a private or public session.

“We know there are more than 3000 others also willing to speak up which is why it was vital that more time be granted for all the evidence to be heard. 

“More evidence from victims will mean that the Commission will be able to create a thorough picture of the extent of the systemic abuse that occurred and how it has tormented victims and left them permanently scarred.

“The entire group of child abuse victims deserve to have their stories heard so that justice can prevail and they can finally have the closure they deserve.”