Acting on Australia's landmark abuse inquiry

There are few countries in the world that have confronted the issue of child abuse as comprehensively as Australia.

On Friday, a royal commission inquiry submitted its final report after almost five years of investigations.

Churches, charities, sports clubs, schools and children's homes - all have come under its microscope, and all have been found wanting.

Victims who were raped, bullied and then belittled for years were finally given a voice by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The question now is what its legacy will be.

"It was very emotional, very draining," says Phil Nagle, an abuse survivor from Ballarat who gave evidence to the commission in 2015.

"But the way they treated us survivors, it was very caring - it made those that had struggled to tell their story feel comfortable to come forward."

This has been one of the key achievements of the inquiry - enabling people to report abuse that had been hidden for decades, and to know they would be taken seriously.

More than 2,500 cases have been referred to authorities for investigation, and the support on offer to abuse survivors has improved.

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