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CASA services more in demand

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January 04, 2018

An increased demand on services has placed significant pressure on a national sexual assault service, in light of the Royal Commission into institutionalised child sexual abuse.

An increased demand on services has placed significant pressure on a national sexual assault service, in light of the Royal Commission into institutionalised child sexual abuse.

The Centre Against Sexual Assault has had its say on the five-year Royal Commission, after a final report was handed down last month.

CASA forum, the peak body of the Victorian CASA, acknowledged the significant work that the Royal Commission had done in hearing victims’ stories and raising community awareness of child sexual assault.

Since the Royal Commission was announced five years ago, there has been an increase in community understanding of sexual assault, and demand on the organisation’s services, including in Shepparton, has increased significantly.

CASA forum spokeswoman Carolyn Worth said many of those in touch with CASA had been victims of child sexual assault in institutional settings.

‘‘The great work by the Royal Commission has encouraged people to come forward about being sexually assaulted, either in their childhood or recently, and this has led to an increase in demand for services leading to waiting time blowing out.’’ Ms Worth said.

‘‘The Victorian Government needs to commit additional funds to enable these waiting lists to be managed and victims/survivors to be seen in a timely fashion.’’

The report runs for 17 volumes and includes 189 new recommendations around law, confession, offences and celibacy.

In total, the commissioners have made 409 recommendations, with an aim to keep children safe.

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