Look to Irish law to deal with child abuse

THE Irish Parliament has acted on its Royal Commission findings.

The Irish Parliament passed an act of parliament in 2004 to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse.

The Ryan Royal Commission commenced its work in 2006 (for abuse only between 1975 and 2004)and its five-volume report was tabled in the Irish Parliament in November 2009.

Then legislation was passed on July 18, 2012 creating an offence for non-disclosure of information to police where an alleged sexual offence was committed against a person who was a child at the time of the offence, thus continuing a mandatory reporting obligation where the victim is no longer a child.

The Victorian Parliament could legislate now to improve the Crimes Act(Vic) so that suspected offenders could be investigated, prosecuted and dealt with by our courts.

DIANNE HADDEN

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