Child sexual abuse law change brings hope for survivor

Former resident Church of England North Coast Children's Home, Tommy Campion. Photo Contributed
Former resident Church of England North Coast Children's Home, Tommy Campion. Photo Contributed Contributed

HE WAS starved, flogged and sexually abused as a child by the Anglican Church.

But former North Coast Children's Home survivor Tommy Campion now has a reason to smile.

The New South Wales Government is scrapping the time limit on civil claims for victims of child abuse so they can sue their abusers, no matter how much time has passed.

Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton has introduced legislation to parliament that would remove the current three-year statute of limitations on abuse claims.

It is a milestone Mr Campion has been hoping for since he began his campaign for justice more than a decade ago.

"I was close to tears. Well, I suppose I did have tears in my eyes," he said.

"A lot more people - I mean thousands of people - will know they can now seek help without having to fight through the courts."

Mr Campion, now a successful photographer on the Gold Coast, was sent to the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore by his father after his mother left home.

The government will release a consultation paper on the royal commission's recommendations in the coming months.

- APN NEWSDESK


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