SCULPTURE FOR THE NATIONAL APOLOGY:
To commemorate today’s national apology to the victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, Bega Valley sculptor Richard Moffatt has created a ‘healing tree’ from steel and stone, designed for victims and survivors, their families and supporters to tie ribbons to, as a symbol of solidarity and strength.
An excellent vignette by the team at ABC South East NSW
VIDEO: The ABC met Richard Moffatt, who designed the tree sculpture, earlier this year. "Today we say we are sorry. " Sorry you are not protected. "Sorry you are not listened to. "We are sorry for refusing to trust the words of children, for not believing you. "As we say sorry, we also say we believe you. "We say what happened was not your fault. "We are sorry the perpetrators of abuse were relocated and shielded, rather than held to account, that records have been withheld and destroyed and accountability avoided. "We are sorry that the justice and child welfare systems that should have protected you were at times used to perpetrate yet more injustices against you. "We apologise for the lifelong impact is this abuse has had on your health, your relationships, and your ability to live life to its full potential. "We also extend his apology to your children, your parents, siblings, families, friends, and supporters. All those who have helped carry the burden of your experiences and help advocate accountability." Prime Minister Scott Morrison