A community forum will be held in Warrnambool with representatives from a police taskforce investigating historic and new allegations from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse.
The forum will be presented by South Western Centre Against Sexual Assault (SWCASA) and will be a chance for the public to ask questions of the taskforce representatives.
“The SANO task force is a police group following up on victims of abuse,” SWCASA acting co-ordinator Mary Clapham said.
“The south-west was clearly an area affected by this.
“This is an opportunity to hear about the inquiry and the work which the SANO taskforce are doing.”
Ms Clapham said everyone was welcome, including survivors of abuse, their family and partners.
She said the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse involving religious and non-government organisations had tried to give everyone the opportunity to share their experience, but it was also an incredibly difficult process to be involved in.
She said some people might not be up to participating in the inquiry and the forum was a less formal way to be involved.
Ms Clapham said the panel would include legal representatives, local police, a GP, mental health workers and representatives from CASA.
The taskforce is co-ordinating investigations emerging from the Australian government Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
It is based within Victoria Police’s crime command and comprises specialist sexual assault detectives.
Their investigators are trained experts in sexual assault matters who will maintain the confidentiality of anyone who makes a complaint or wishes to provide information regarding child sexual abuse.
The forum is on Thursday, September 19 from 7pm at Warrnambool Community Health on Koroit Street.
The forum is free and there will be light refreshments served from 6.30pm.
To register or for more information phone CASA on 5564 4144.