The extraordinary legal tactics institutions are using to fight compensation claims by abuse victims

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The extraordinary legal tactics institutions are using to fight compensation claims by abuse victims

The threat and reality of permanent stay applications are rife in institutional abuse cases at the moment.

Our institutional abuse lawyer Alessandra (Ali) Pettit was featured on Four Corners.

Four Corners on Monday 29 May 2023.

The episode ‘Hiding Behind Tombstones’ delves into a number of different survivors cases where the disparity of power is prevalent and technical arguments are rampant. It takes an enormous amount of bravery for survivors of abuse to speak out about the prolific abuse they experienced as children. The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse was supposed to be a turning point for survivors, but today, it appears that some institutions are employing tactics to shut down survivors before they can even have the opportunity to be heard. The apologies by institutions for the colossal failure of culture that led to the colossal failure of leadership seems to have been short lived.

Ali Pettit, Stacks Goudkamp
Ali Pettit, Stacks Goudkamp

Advocating for Survivors of Institutional Abuse

At Stacks Goudkamp, Ali and her dedicated team take immense pride in advocating for survivors of institutional abuse. With a deep sense of compassion and unwavering determination, they strive to provide the support survivors need during their difficult journey towards justice and healing.

If you or someone that you know has been impacted by institutional abuse and would like to discuss your legal options in a supportive and comfortable environment, then please contact Ali on 02 9237 2222.



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