Australian clerical child abuse

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Unfortunately, not all news from Australia is as fine as the news about the blue whale.

From Al Jazeera:

Australian Catholic Church admits child abuse

State of Victoria confirms that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests since the 1930s.

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2012 09:57

Australia’s Roman Catholic Church has confirmed that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by its priests since the 1930s in the state of Victoria.

The archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, described the figures as “horrific and shameful”.

The admission came in a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into the handling of abuse cases, however campaigners say the true figure could be up to 10,000 victims.

The church said the 620 cases went back 80 years with the majority taking place between the 1960s and the 1980s, with another 45 cases being investigated.

In a statement, Archbishop Hart said it was important to be open “about the horrific abuse that has occurred in Victoria and elsewhere“.

“We look to this inquiry to assist the healing of those who have been abused, to examine the broad context of the church’s response, especially over the last 16 years, and to make recommendations to enhance the care for victims and preventative measures that are now in place,” the statement said.

Abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests has been a major issue in Australia recent years.

Australian government announces inquiry into institutional child sex abuse: here.

19 thoughts on “Australian clerical child abuse

  1. Gillard launches sex abuse inquiry

    Wednesday 03 April 2013

    by Our Foreign Desk

    Australia began a national inquiry into child sex abuse today.

    At least 5,000 victims are expected to give evidence.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard set up the royal commission in November following several allegations that the Catholic church covered up the actions of paedophile priests.

    Ms Gillard said the country would have “to stare some very uncomfortable truths in the face.”

    The six-member government-appointed commission is supposed to report by late 2015.

    But chairman Pete McClellan said the inquiry was likely to take longer because of the amount of people wishing to give evidence.

    The commission will investigate the Catholic church and Salvation Army and their response to sexual abuse claims.

    Private hearings with victims are expected to start next month.

    Public sessions aren’t expected until late this year.

    Mr McClellan said the probe would likely require “very significant” sums of money on top of the £15 million already spent.

    Ms Gilliard said she hoped the commission would provide a “moment of healing” for survivors and advice for the future.

    But Leonie Sheedy, a spokeswoman for Care Leavers Australia Network, which represents children who grew up in care, warned that “the royal commission is not a magic wand.”

    She said elderly victims couldn’t wait years for justice and called for reparations.

    The commission won’t be able to prosecute people but can refer cases to the police.


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