Anglican Church apologises for abuse of kids in its ‘care’
THE Anglican Diocese of Grafton has apologised to children who suffered abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore.
In an advertisement in The Northern Star today the diocese has apologised to victims of sexual abuse and to those who experienced hard punishment or did not receive "appropriate nurturing and care" while living at the North Coast Children's Home.
A victim of physical and sexual abuse at the North Coast Children's Home between 1948 and 1963, Richard "Tommy" Campion, said he had been trying to get a "truthful apology" for the past eight years.
He said the apology is a "huge step forward" and had "lifted a huge burden" off his shoulders.
"I think this apology is an important step in admitting that the church had responsibility and saying they will provide future care for children (who were abused)," Mr Campion said.
"But, there is still a lot more to be done before I can relax and get on with life."
The diocese asked for forgiveness from parties who have "reported their abuse and were hindered by church leaders".
The apology also acknowledged the "serious and long- term effects" of abuse and committed to providing support and assistance to "those who were harmed and continue to suffer".
The apology also stated the diocese is committed to ensuring all children who come into contact with the church today are "protected" and the diocese has "put in place strategies and processes to reflect and achieve this commitment".
Survivors of abuse are encouraged to make contact with the director of professional standards, Michael Elliott who will liaise with victims and enable the church to provide ongoing support.
Mr Elliott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 4926 3733.