Sexual abuse survivors fear being ‘deserted’ after royal commission ends

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Advocates say commission’s closure will create ‘sense of loss’ and express concerns there will be insufficient support

Survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have spoken of their fears of being left in the lurch once the child abuse royal commission’s work officially draws to a close.

Mele 6fOn Friday the royal commissioners will deliver their final report to the governor general in Canberra, marking the end of their five-year inquiry into how abuse was able to occur in more than 4,000 Australian institutions.

Dr Judy Courtin, a lawyer who has represented dozens of survivors and their families, said that through public hearings and private sessions the…

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