Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today asked for forgiveness on behalf of the nation to the thousands of victims of acts of pedophilia and other abuses when they were under the care of the country's institutions.
"Why did we take so long to act? Why other things were more important than this, the care of our children," Morrison asked before the Parliament of Canberra, where hundreds of victims of these abuses gathered.
"As a nation we fail them, we abandon them and we will always be ashamed of that," said Morrison, apologizing, at times between sobs, to those affected and their families.
The special commission that investigated the institutions' response to sexual abuse of minors presented last December its final report with more than 400 recommendations that included compensation to the victims, in the face of events that it described as a national "tragedy".