Discussing child sexual abuse is always difficult. For many, recalling events of the past can bring back painful memories, particularly for those telling their story for the first time.
Any person with a complaint of mistreatment or abuse is strongly urged to come forward to the appropriate authority. If the complaint is of a criminal nature, please notify the police through the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. You are also encouraged to contact the Royal Commission Support Line on 1800 099 340. If you need assistance with this, or if the matter is not of a criminal nature, you can contact the Catholic Church’s Towards Healing Helpline on 1300 369 977 or contact the Diocese on 1800 225 922.
The Royal Commission can refer survivors of child sexual abuse to counsellors or special support groups. Their website provides a number of links to independent counsellors and special support groups at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/support-services?state=nsw. You can also call the Royal Commission Support Line on 1800 099 340.