“Abuse of any child is horrific,” Ms De Paoli said. “In our work with these survivors, we have seen the devastating and lifelong impact of childhood sexual abuse.
“This abuse affects all aspects of a survivor’s life, including their ability to form relationships, maintain a job, and build trust in others.
“We welcome the news that Gymnastics Australia and Little Athletics are now part of the redress scheme, and congratulate the survivors and supporters who have advocated for this over many years.
“While no amount of money will ever take away the trauma of abuse, redress can be a step in the healing process, and provide an acknowledgement of the harm caused.
“Survivors of abuse will now be looking to those state gymnastics and athletics bodies who haven’t yet signed up to the redress scheme to do so as a priority.”
Under the redress scheme, survivors may be eligible for compensation of up to $150,000. Applications must be made before 30 June 2027.
Ms De Paoli said while many survivors would benefit from the redress scheme, it was important they sought advice about other options, including the potential for a civil claim.
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