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"Establishing the royal commission is the start of something really big. Really emotional, really hard and a lot of people are going to need a lot of support as we go through that process," Prime Minister Gillard said. Read more:

Yesterday we had 2013 Jan 11 (2) – Australia: Prime Minister announces the terms of reference for the royal commission into child sex abuse and today the Australian Prime Minister made a further announcement.

She said that establishing the royal commission is the start of something really big.

I think this might be a start of something really big for the Catholic Church.

It looks to me that Ms Gillard has a sixth sense for things. Her personal popularity is probably getting strengthened and her actions since November’s announcement of the royal commission make her probably quite popular in her country, but also abroad.

But her sixth sense for things seems particularly interesting regarding the approach to the Catholic Church. In 2011 Mister Enda Kenny, the prime minister of Ireland, (see Ireland: The Taoiseach) handed out quite a blow to the Vatican, but this approach of Ms Gillard could prove to be a lot more effective, because the main problem is the broad support the Catholic Church still enjoys among people and that support is probably getting sufficiently undermined by her action because her royal commission will have a long time effect. She started that last year and this year she follows up and this subject will probably continue to keep the attention of the public on the Catholic Church and its crimes.

Her action in Australia will now also cause similar actions being demanded in other countries. In Germany the Catholic Church is urgently in need of strong actions coming from the government, the minister of justice seems, as usual, eager to rein in the Catholic Church, see
2013 Jan 08 (4) – Germany: Dioceses refuse to hand over the necessary data and
2013 Jan 10 (2) – Germany: Minister of Justice emphasizes her high regard for the Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen KFN, which was to investigate the abuse cases
but may be also in Germany a loud outcry from someone is needed for the government to get into action.

The German government’s attitude towards the suffering of children, its negative attitude, was demonstrated last year. A German court ruled against circumcision and the government overruled that. The demands of religious people and leaders count there, the suffering of children counts nothing. The suffering of children being raped by priests every day is just getting ignored as it has been for centuries.

Here now some information about Ms Gillard’s actions this morning:


'It's time to tell your story': Gillard meets sex abuse victims

Prime Minister warns child sexual abuse victims and advocates the royal commission is 'going to be painful'.

Emotional meeting ... Prime Minister Julia Gillard meets with child sex survivor Nicky Davis at Kirribilli House.

A day after announcing details about the most extensive royal commission in Australian history, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has thanked advocates against child sexual abuse for years of tireless campaigning.

The Prime Minister hosted a morning tea at Kirribilli House on Saturday and comforted some overwhelmed guests who had themselves been affected by abuse.

She said she wanted to show victims the community silence surrounding child sexual abuse is over.

"I know there a lot of people here, as individuals and as representatives of their groups who probably thought they would never see this day," Prime Minister Gillard said. "I'm really aware that I'm looking out at a group of people who over years, indeed decades, have fought for justice for people who were abused as children. I know that people here have raised their voices time after time after time to say that our nation has to face up to the consequences of what happened, we have to shine a light on it. It's going to be painful, it's going to be hard but we've got to do that so that we can learn for the future."

The Prime Minister's recognition was hugely significant for some people attending the morning tea, who said the function on Saturday was symbolic for all victims of child abuse.

"Establishing the royal commission is the start of something really big. Really emotional, really hard and a lot of people are going to need a lot of support as we go through that process," Prime Minister Gillard said.

"It's really important that people get the message that we want to hear their story . . . after many years of people being shunned and spurned and having doors slammed in their face, to tell those individuals it's your time now to tell your story. I hope that, in of itself, brings some healing . . . To get there we're going to need to stick together through what will be, at times, a very hard process," Gillard said.


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