The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published the written submissions into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram public hearing on its website. The public hearing inquired into the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram located at Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales, to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
Royal Commission Case Study Published
The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 2 December 2014 to 10 December 2014, and oral submissions in relation to Case Study 21 into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram was held on Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 10am.
The hearing examined the response of Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing was to inquire into:
- The response between 1974 and 2014 of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales, to allegations or reports of child sexual abuse made against Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.
- The operation of the Ashram between 1974 and 1989 in relation to matters of child sexual abuse.
- The systems, policies and procedures in place at the Ashram between 1974 and 1989, and currently, in relation to raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse.
- Any related matters.
The Opening Statement, Witness List, daily transcripts and submissions to the Royal Commission are available for download and reading.
The submissions can be found on the Case Study 21 page on the Royal Commission’s website.