TANYA Colli of Mount George will today make a statement for all victims of crime by attending an information session conducted by the NSW Government.
The session in Taree will be conducted by NSW Government's Victim Services and is said to provide vital information to both victims of crime and people who provide services to victims.
Until recently, victims of crime in NSW were eligible for compensation under the Victim's Compensation Scheme.
But on June 3 of this year, The Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 became law.
The new legislation has received widespread criticism from community organisations that support victims of child sexual abuse and domestic violence.
"They have pulled the rug from under us," said Tanya who is now unsure of her compensation rights.
Tanya said she is up in arms and very angry about the changes. "It's wrong," she said
This year 65-year-old Tanya made the brave move to choose to go before the the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. These private sessions offer people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse in an institution the chance to tell their story to a royal commissioner.
She said as a victim of abuse within the Catholic church system it is hard enough to live a normal life.
It has taken Tanya many years to speak her truth and to finally lodge a claim for compensation. Now that claim is in jeopardy and Tanya said she feels very let down by the NSW Government.
Further information sessions are planned in coming months and more information can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or calling 1800 633 063.