Protecting our Most Vulnerable

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will allow victims of institutional child sexual abuse to make a compensation claim without the restriction of a time limit.

The Problem

Victims of institutional child sexual abuse are being left behind the rest of the nation by South Australian laws.

Currently the Limitation of Actions Act 1936 limits the time period a victim of child sexual abuse can make a claim for the abuse to three years. This limitation is unlike other states who have accepted their role in serving justice to children.

As a result of this, victims of institutional child sexual abuse may be unable to make any claim for compensation due to restrictive time limits.

Removing this limitation was a key recommendation of the 2016 Nyland Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in South Australia.

As highlighted by Margaret Nyland, three years is not an appropriate amount of time for victims to seek legal assistance and make a claim against their abuser to receive compensation.

Victims of institutional child sexual abuse in South Australia must jump through hurdles to avoid this restrictive limit. Redress for victims should be a high priority for any government, and legislation should not stand in their way.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will allow victims of institutional child sexual abuse to make a compensation claim without the restriction of a time limit.

Regardless of how long ago the abuse was committed, victims will be able to seek proper compensation and full access to justice.

This will bring us in line with other leading Australian jurisdictions where the limitation on claims for child sex abuse were removed completely.

The Marshall Liberal team have been proactive in responding to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sex Abuse.

We want to ensure that victims do not need to beg to the court to look at their case in years to come.

This ensures victims of institutional child sexual abuse can seek redress and compensation when they feel able to do so, without the limitations of legislation.

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