Scouts Australia have apologised to the victims who were sexually abused as children by members of its organisation.

The apology is part of Scouts Australia’s commitment to acknowledge and address the harm some members suffered and comes in the wake of the child abuse royal commission, reports 9 news.

Chief Commissioner Phil Harrison said the “genuine and heartfelt” apology was being made on behalf of all state and territory scout branches.

“We apologise unreservedly to those who suffered abuse during their time in scouting.

“We failed you and we apologise for the pain that this has caused.

“Scouts Australia has a responsibility to survivors of abuse and we will honour that.”

Scouts Australia has signed on to a national redress scheme, to compensate and make amends to survivors, that came into force on July 1.

Senior members of the organisation have met with survivors around Australia and made personal apologies, Commissioner Harrison said in a video posted on its website on Friday.

“We are willing to meet with anyone else who wishes to meet with us,” he added.

“We apologise for not listening when some of you shared your stories with adults in Scouting who you trusted.”

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  • A public apology is only part of the things the can and should do.


  • I didn’t realise there were cases of abuse in the Scouts. I think it is good that these large organisations admit their errors so people can heal and changes can be made internally.


  • I don’t understand these big attention grabbing apologies. They’re saying sorry for something they didn’t do! Sure, write letters to victims, but I don’t get the public hoo ha


  • I hope the victims are offered free counselling to help them come to terms with the abuse they suffered.


  • I’m glad that a public apology has been made. I hope this helps the victims begin to heal.


  • Scouts has never impressed me much, for a number of reasons.


  • I wonder what this apology really means to the victims.


  • We need better security for our children, at different sporting evenrs. Not just scouts


  • I wasn’t part of the scouts but I’ve heard stories. Its sad that so many young people were assaulted by people who were meant to teach and guide these young people with some essential useful skills.


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