JCCV appreciates opportunity to provide input into sexual abuse inquiry

November 14, 2013 by  
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Nina Bassat, President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), has welcomed the tabling of the Report of the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations.

Nina Bassat

Nina Bassat

She said: “I commend the Victorian Government on holding the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse and thank the Committee Chair, Ms Georgie Crozier, MP and the rest of the Committee for providing an opportunity for the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) to give evidence.

The conduct of the Inquiry was exemplary; it was rigorous and at the same time sympathetic and thoughtful.

The process has been enormously valuable in allowing a large number of people to tell their story and for many of them, thus enabling the healing process to start.

The JCCV supports the Report’s recommendations in relation to reporting of serious indictable offences and those relating to child endangerment and to grooming and I look forward to reading the Report in greater depth.

The JCCV has, in anticipation of the Report, developed a pro-active program, including a series of training sessions to commence in 2014 for Jewish organisations to understand issues of child abuse and to not only put the appropriate policies and procedures in place, but to also ensure that these are understood and followed.

The JCCV seeks to create in our community a culture of understanding and clarity about the issue of child abuse in all its forms and in particular, on what we can do to prevent it.”



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