The commission plans to travel around Australia conducting private sessions in capital cities and regional locations.

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Survivors of abuse will tell their stories to the royal commission into child sexual abuse for the first time in private sessions starting in Sydney on Tuesday. Read more:

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Victims of abuse to testify in private

Survivors of abuse will tell their stories to the royal commission into child sexual abuse for the first time in private sessions starting in Sydney on Tuesday.

The sessions are understood to be taking place in Parramatta but details are not being made public. None of the information given by survivors will be made public unless the person agrees, the commission's chief executive officer, Janette Dines, said.

Ms Dines said many people had registered interest, and promised ''we will get back to them''.

Many of the thousands expected to testify were uneducated, isolated and traumatised, she said. The process could be ''incredibly intimidating'' for them.

A commission spokesman said the sessions would build the commissioners' understanding of ''where they should be focusing their attentions''. They could last months, he said. Public hearings are due to start late this year and expected to take several years.

Private Royal Commission sessions begin in Sydney on Tuesday

Survivors of child sexual abuse will get the chance to "tell their stories" in face-to-face private sessions when the next phase of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse begins on Tuesday.

The commission plans to travel around Australia conducting private sessions in capital cities and regional locations.

Private sessions will begin in Sydney on Tuesday and are expected to run for many months.

There are also plans for the commission to hold private sessions in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in the coming months, with the details to be released soon.

Commission chief executive officer Janette Dines urged people in Brisbane and Adelaide who wanted to speak with the commissioners in private sessions to make contact.

"As soon as we have enough people registered in a particular location we will make arrangements to travel to that place," Ms Dines said.

As well as giving child abuse survivors the chance to speak about their experiences, the private sessions will also assist the commissioners to deepen their understanding of the circumstances of abuse in institutions, Ms Dines said.

She also stressed the private sessions would be very informal and people would not require a lawyer, although they were welcome to bring along a support person.

"These sessions will be conducted in complete privacy. The information a person provides will be kept confidential unless they agree to it being made public," she said.

 

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