The Order Servants of Mary, known as the Servite Order, has joined the National Redress Scheme and created its own reparation scheme as an additional response for sexual abuse survivors.
Fr Peter Porteous of the Servite Order confirmed the order informed the federal Government on June 19 of its decision to join the scheme. He announced a new reparation scheme – The Servite Response – which will expand and build upon the work that is being done by the National Redress Scheme.
“The Servite Order again acknowledges the harm done to people who suffered sexual abuse whilst in the care of the Order. We have and will continue to apologise for our serious breach of trust and the hurt caused to people who had the right to expect so much more from us. On behalf of the Order I say to those who suffered; you did nothing wrong,” Fr Porteous said.
“Whilst nothing can remove this hurt and pain, the Order wants to and is committed to doing all it can to assist those who have suffered. The Servite Response is an additional response on the part of the Order to victims of child sexual abuse.
“By joining the National Redress Scheme now, after having developed our own scheme, gives all our victims a real choice as to how they wish to proceed with forms of redress. All victims can now choose to opt for either the National Redress Scheme or The Servite Response.”
Servite Order offer an apology and compensation for victims of child sexual abuse (Servite Order Australia)