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Share your story with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

27 Jan 2017

I have recently been appointed as the ALS Community Education Officer for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

I will be finding ways to meet the needs of Aboriginal people with this sensitive topic, including referral to culturally safe services and assisting in their journey of social justice that they well and truly deserve.

I am a proud Aboriginal woman from the Bundjalung and Dunghutti Nations. I was born and grew up in Lismore and now reside in Sydney.

Throughout my childhood I attended local Aboriginal community groups such as Aboriginal Holiday Programs, Afterschool Care Centres and Homework centres. I was also involved in local Aboriginal sporting teams.

Over the years I enjoyed attending local NAIDOC events where we all came together as one community to showcase our talents or to catch up and have a yarn.

By being a part of these community groups and events, and witnessing the dedication to our community that my parents, aunts, uncles and elders demonstrated, I was inspired to follow a path that led me to work with organisations and government departments that are striving to make a difference in Aboriginal people’s lives.

At the Aboriginal Legal Service I will be travelling out on country from time-to-time and will be educating and liaising with the community and supporting people who want to share their story with the Royal Commission.

If there are any local forums or community meetings that you believe I should be attending in your area, please contact me to let me know as time is running out for people to share their story and I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out.

At this stage the registrations for private sessions with a Commissioner have now closed. However people can still tell their story to the Royal Commission by sending a written version. Providing what happened to a person comes within the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission, the written version will be given to a Commissioner to read, but they will not meet a Commissioner in person.

If you, or you know of anyone that would like to share their story, please contact me on 02 8303 6699.

Alternatively, contact the Aboriginal Engagement Advisors at knowmore by phoning 02 8267 7400. You can speak with Aunty Glendra Stubbs, Uncle Dean Bell and Robert Young.

knowmore is a free service, independent of the Royal Commission and government, offering legal advice and information to help people navigate their options in speaking with or providing information to the Royal Commission.

Makara Jacky

  


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