Survivors of child sex abuse need an apology from organisations that perpetrators belonged to in order to move on, says child abuse charity Napac.
The independent inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales has started its first public hearings today (February 27). It will start by focusing on British children who were sent to Australia between 1945 and 1974.
Pete Saunders, the founder of charity and panel member in the inquiry, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that some charities who were involved in abusing children "are still refusing to apologise" and that is what distresses him most.
He believes survivors "need an apology, they need an acceptance [from the perpetrators] that these dreadful crimes occur so that people can lead their lives in relative peace." This inquiry is going to "demand change, it will demand atonement for past wrongs."
After the chair of the inquiry has changed several times and been under scrutiny, he hopes "the setbacks are a thing of the past and the work of the inquiry can get on."
Listen to the full interview above