A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, making more than 400 recommendations.
The royal commission uncovered harrowing evidence of sexual abuse within institutions, including churches, schools and sports clubs.
Since 2013, it has referred more than 2,500 allegations to authorities.
The 17-volume final report, made public on Friday, makes wide-ranging proposals to be considered by legislators.
The royal commission heard evidence from thousands of victims. Allegations were made against more than 4,000 institutions.
“The survivors are remarkable people with a common concern to do what they can to ensure that other children are not abused,” commission chair Justice Peter McClellan said on Thursday.
- Acting on Australia’s landmark abuse inquiry
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“They deserve our nation’s thanks.”
The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, was contacted by more than 15,000 people, including relatives and friends of abuse victims.