The Royal Commission to Investigate Abuse in Care is now turning its attention to several Protestant churches and closed religious communities.
The Royal Commission is expanding the Anglican inquiry inquiry and will now be known as the Protestant and Other Denomination Investigation.
In addition to the addition of Presbyterian and Methodist churches and Salvation Army churches, the Gloriavale community, exclusive brothers and Jehovah’s Witnesses, are now included.
The Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Salvation Army faiths are engaged in providing care during the 1950-1999 period of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.
The commission will consider evidence of abuse that includes physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect.
It will also consider the consequences of such abuse and any structural, systemic or practical factors that have contributed to the abuse, as well as domestic and international law, including human rights law.
There will be public hearings, but the results of an extensive study to be released until next June.
A spokesman for the Commission said the expansion of the investigation recognizes the large number of people from each organization who wish to pass on information.
“The scope is officially expanding to recognize the increase in the number of survivors of these denominations and their institutions – including schools and nursing homes – who have uncovered abuses by the Royal Commission.”
The extension opens the door to some uncertainty
Increasing interest from the Royal Commission is raising uncertainty around Dilworth School in Auckland, which does not appear to be involved in the investigation.
Instead, the school hired lead human rights lawyer Francis Joycheild, CC, to conduct an independent investigation into historical abuses at the Associated Anglican School.
school Junior campus allowance for a new boy In 2019, it is stated that “the will of the founder requires Dilworth’s trustees to provide the beneficiaries of the Trust with a Christian education based on the principles of the Anglican Church”.
He says that all of its students receive religious education, training of baptism and confirmation classes.
The second case of uncertainty for the “missing” report Otago Daily Times reporter Chris Morris.
In 2020, ODT sources told Stuff that Morris was working on a story related to the accusations at Dunedin High School that the story was laid out for print but was canceled at the last minute.
Morris ’Twitter account continues to have his 2020 resignation tweet pinned to the top of it Page on Twitter.
«Today, after six months of banging my head against a brick wall, unsuccessfully trying to get a decent story published, I quit my job at @odtnews in protest. To say that I guts will be an understatement, but I feel the need to stand up for some basic journalistic principles. ”
How to contact the commission
The Commission encourages any other survivors who have not yet spoken to them to come into contact.
“We continue to ask the survivors to speak out. Further evidence gathered will complement our existing evidence base and understanding of abuses in these denominations, and findings will be included in the Royal Commission’s Interim Report on Faith. ”
“Survivors who wish to share their experiences of abuse by any of these denominations are encouraged to confidentially call us on 0800 222 727 or register on our website and we will call you.”
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