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We, the Victorian Government, acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples and Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and waterways upon which our lives depend. We acknowledge and pay our respects to ancestors of this country, Elders, knowledge holders and leaders – past, present and emerging. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The enormous harm of institutional child sexual abuse has affected many Victorians and those who love them. We have only been able to take steps to right these wrongs because of the strength and bravery of victims and survivors coming forward. The Victorian Government acknowledges everyone who has been affected by this shameful chapter in Australia's history – and thanks them for their courage in telling their stories to make sure these mistakes never happen again.
Reviewed 21 December 2020