Family Court judges out of touch

The founder of child advocacy ­organisation Bravehearts says the group has been inundated with victims of the Family Court system wanting to tell their stories and join the push for a royal commission into the institution.

The organisation’s mission is to prevent child sexual assault and Hetty Johnston said the court was failing to act on the information put before it by parents trying to protect their children.

She said the first premise upon which judges based decisions was often an archaic, dangerous and wrong presumption that allegations were false.

“This is despite the fact that we know one in five kids are sexually assaulted before they turn 18. But the courts won’t accept it, they see it as one parent trying to get an ­advantage over the other parent by coaching their children to tell lies.”

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