The Church is backing this year's White Balloon Day campaign against child sexual assault by advocacy group Bravehearts.
The campaign, scheduled for Child Protection Week from September 5-12, will see more than 1300 parishes and nearly 1700 Catholic schools across the country displaying white balloons in a show of support for the protection of young people, reports AAP in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Bravehearts' founder Hetty Johnston said the group was proud to be working with the church.
"The Catholic Church's lead involvement in White Balloon Day marks publicly their active involvement in being part of changing the culture of silence around child sexual assault," she said in a statement.
"I am delighted to finally realise what has been a long term goal for the Bravehearts' organisation, and hope this signals a new way forward for all churches globally."
Sister Angela Ryan, of the Church's National Committee for Professional Standards, said churches and schools were committed to raising awareness of and fighting against child abuse.
Church supports White Balloon Day (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP)
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