UPDATE – NSW Government reverses compensation decision for Katrina Keshishian.
Trigger warning: This post deals with sexual assault and may be upsetting for some readers.
In a win for people power, 24,000 people will now receive the full amount of victims of crime compensation after NSW Premier Mike Baird pledged to reverse a decision to cut compensation, admitting it was a “mistake”.
Gang rape survivor Katrina Keshishian last year appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 program explaining how her victim’s compensation payout was slashed after the NSW government retrospectively changed compensation awards.
Since then, Katrina, 26, has been using a Change.org petition to draw attention to her cause – securing the support of 130,000 people. Last week, Katrina succeeded in making victim’s compensation an election issue, with Labor pledging to reverse cuts to the victims of violence.
And now she has changed the government’s mind.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that the Premier has finally listened and done the right thing,” said Katrina.
“This is a truly people-powered win…I can’t thank enough the 130,000 people who backed my change.org petition and have been standing with me these past months to fight this unfair policy.”
Katrina’s success will help over 24,000 people who are survivors of family violence and sexual assault, as well as the families of homicide victims.
Katrina says, “that pain is finally coming to an end now and I’m relieved. Myself and many other victims will be able to turn a corner and get on with our recovery with the support we need.”
The NSW woman was 20 when she was raped by two men in 2008, and waited six years for her claim to be approved by the NSW government. During that time, the law was changed, and her potential payout sum was slashed from up to $50,000 to $15,000.
Previously, Mamamia wrote:
By SHAUNA ANDERSON
It was a night out for a 20-year-old woman with her family. A few drinks, a meal and a chance meeting with friendly young guy who she seemed to have a lot in common with.
It was easy to accept his invitation to continue the night at a nightclub. She was 20 years old and it was Saturday night.