Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologises to victims of child sexual abuse – ABC news

Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologises to victims of child sexual abuse By political reporter Matthew Doran RELATED STORY: Scott Morrison apologises to victims of institutional child sex abuse RELATED STORY: What child sexual abuse survivors want to see happen after the apology   Hundreds of survivors of child sexual abuse gathered at Parliament House for an apology from…

Joint Statement on Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability – WWDA

Joint Statement on Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability Women with Disability Australia   Violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability, including children with disability, is systemic. The evidence is extensive, compelling, and irrefutable. We must hold the systems and perpetrators to account for the decades of injustice. People…

Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder miss out on NDIS funding due to lack of diagnosis – ABC Capricornia

Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder miss out on NDIS funding due to lack of diagnosis ABC Capricornia  By Inga Stünzner   Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are missing out on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding because there are so few specialists who can diagnose and assess the impact…

Hotline data released – hundreds report abuse of people with disability in government-funded services – Front Page Report

  Hotline data released – hundreds report abuse of people with disability in government-funded services Michael Smith – Front Page Report – August 13th, 2018 The Australian Government has released the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline data. There were 472 reported cases of abuse and neglect of people with disability in government-funded services between July 2016…

Rape reports rising sharply in Queensland as clearance rate falls, prompting inquiry call – ABC News Online

Rape reports rising sharply in Queensland as clearance rate falls, prompting inquiry call By Matt Wordsworth, ABC News Online PHOTO: Leona Berrie from the Sexual Assault Network said Queensland had no coherent policy on sexual violence. (ABC News: Gordon Fuad) Reports of rape in Queensland have been rising sharply for the past six years, faster than the state’s…

Queensland’s sexual consent laws ‘inadequate’, says Women’s Legal Service – Brisbane Times

Queensland’s sexual consent laws ‘inadequate’, says Women’s Legal Service By Danica Streader – 30 June 2018, Brisbane Times A “complete” review of the current sexual violence legal system in Queensland is urgently needed, women’s legal advocates say. Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) solicitor Julie Sarkozi is calling for the state government to conduct a review on sexual…

Royal Commission Urgently Needed to Shine Light on Violence Against People with Disability – WWDA

Royal Commission Urgently Needed to Shine Light on Violence Against People with Disability Women with Disabilities Australia   MEDIA RELEASE People with disability and our representative organisations are urging the Federal Government to call a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability across Australia. “We’re seeing how powerful a Royal Commission is…

ADA Australia Launch of My Rights QLD: A new on-line information tool and much-needed resource for people with disability

ADA Australia Launches My Rights QLD On April 9, ADA Australia, in partnership with Legal Aid Queensland, launched My Rights Qld: a free online tool providing information for Queenslanders with disability. My Rights Qld is a simple, one-stop-shop for information that supports people to better understand and exercise their rights. It covers a wide range of…

Minister calls in administrators on ‘incompetent’ disability home where patient was abused

Minister calls in administrators on ‘incompetent’ disability home where patient was abused By Miki Perkins & Neelima Choahan 10 April 2018 — 6:40pm, The Age Newspaper A state-funded disability home where at least one resident was sexually and physically abused multiple times – despite his parents’ pleas he be protected – will be placed into administration.…