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Christian Rape-A-Babe News!

News and Views about catholic clergy sexual abuse and related issues
     
Why only terrorists? Hang Catholic Rapist Priests too, deliver justice!

This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
Catholic clergy Bible thumpers having trouble remembering
Let us tell them
WE HAVE TROUBLE FORGETTING

Friday, 28 February 2014

Public Memorial Today: Looking Forward to Meeting You All

Hello,
Thank you to all the wonderful organisations and people who have been helping promote today’s event or otherwise support it.
For those who can’t make it today, the entire event will be being filmed professionally, and I hope to have this film up on the website within a week. There are some fantastic speakers coming along, with important things to say about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and associated matters.
I look forward to meeting all of you who have been emailing in recent weeks with messages of love and support.
Thank you to The Courier-Mail and Dot Wittington for a moving and respectful tribute to my father in today’s paper.
See you at Alumni Court.
http://lewisblayse.net/public-memorial-1-march-2014/ 
Love,
Aletha

http://lewisblayse.net/2014/02/28/public-memorial-today-looking-forward-to-meeting-you-all/

Public Memorial Today: Looking Forward to Meeting You All

Hello,
Thank you to all the wonderful organisations and people who have been helping promote today’s event or otherwise support it.
For those who can’t make it today, the entire event will be being filmed professionally, and I hope to have this film up on the website within a week. There are some fantastic speakers coming along, with important things to say about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and associated matters.
I look forward to meeting all of you who have been emailing in recent weeks with messages of love and support.
Thank you to The Courier-Mail and Dot Wittington for a moving and respectful tribute to my father in today’s paper.
See you at Alumni Court.
http://lewisblayse.net/public-memorial-1-march-2014/ 
Love,
Aletha

http://lewisblayse.net/2014/02/28/public-memorial-today-looking-forward-to-meeting-you-all/

Missbrauch in Emmerich: Kripo ermittelt jetzt

Emmerich. Zeugen sollen sich bei der Polizei melden. Derweil äußert sich das Bistum Münster in einer längeren Stellungnahme zum Thema. Das Bistum betont: Pfarrer sind meldepflichtig, wenn es einen Fall von Missbrauch gibt.
Nach dem Facebook-Beitrag von Thomas Peters und der NRZ-Berichterstattung hat nun die Kriminalpolizei die Ermittlungen zu einem möglichen Missbrauch in Emmerich aufgenommen. Bereits gestern wurden erste Zeugen vernommen. Wie berichtet könnte es einen Fall im Zusammenhang mit der Katholischen Kirche in Emmerich gegeben haben, der in der Zeit vor Pfarrer Karsten Weidisch lag. „Wir bitten Zeugen sich bei uns zu melden“, sagt Polizeisprecher Heinz Vetter. Hinweise: 02822/7830.

http://www.derwesten.de/staedte/emmerich/missbrauch-in-emmerich-kripo-ermittelt-jetzt-id9053625.html

Detained girls in fear of Mr Fingers

HUNDREDS of girls living in state government-run homes in NSW were forced to undergo internal genital examinations at the hands of a medical doctor they nicknamed “Mr Fingers”, the royal commission has heard.
The girls, who were strapped to a bed using stirrups during the examinations, had often been committed to the homes in Parramatta and Hay, southwestern NSW, after courts ruled they were neglected or “exposed to moral danger”.
Once in state care, between the 1950s and 70s, they were repeatedly raped, beaten and mistreated by NSW government employees, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told yesterday.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/detained-girls-in-fear-of-mr-fingers/story-fngburq5-1226841249732

Detained girls in fear of Mr Fingers

HUNDREDS of girls living in state government-run homes in NSW were forced to undergo internal genital examinations at the hands of a medical doctor they nicknamed “Mr Fingers”, the royal commission has heard.
The girls, who were strapped to a bed using stirrups during the examinations, had often been committed to the homes in Parramatta and Hay, southwestern NSW, after courts ruled they were neglected or “exposed to moral danger”.
Once in state care, between the 1950s and 70s, they were repeatedly raped, beaten and mistreated by NSW government employees, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told yesterday.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/detained-girls-in-fear-of-mr-fingers/story-fngburq5-1226841249732

Woman pleas to inquiry


In a powerful plea from the witness box at a child abuse inquiry, a woman has called for the 'carers' responsible for the abuse to be found and named.
Sixty-seven-year-old Wilma Robb was 13 when she was placed in Parramatta Girls Home, because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region of NSW, which was opened in 1961 to take troublesome girls from Parramatta.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard disturbing details of brutality at both homes.

http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=954417

Woman pleas to inquiry


In a powerful plea from the witness box at a child abuse inquiry, a woman has called for the 'carers' responsible for the abuse to be found and named.
Sixty-seven-year-old Wilma Robb was 13 when she was placed in Parramatta Girls Home, because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region of NSW, which was opened in 1961 to take troublesome girls from Parramatta.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard disturbing details of brutality at both homes.

http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=954417

Ein Missbrauchsopfer wehrt sich

Was weiter passierte, drang bisher nicht nach draußen. Das Polizeipräsidium Potsdam und die Berliner Polizei nahmen Kontakt zu Lüttke auf. Er habe aber damals wegen seines Gesundheitszustands keine Aussage machen können, sagt Lüttke. Im April vergangenen Jahres veröffentlichte das Erzbistum dann plötzlich im Rahmen eines im Gottesdienst verlesenen Publicandums die Mitteilung, dass die staatlichen und kirchlichen Untersuchungen gegen den Pfarrer „ergebnislos eingestellt worden“ seien. „Für Ihren Pfarrer steht der Wiederaufnahme seines priesterlichen Dienstes nichts mehr entgegen. Damit wäre auch eine Rückkehr in die Aufgaben des Pfarrers dieser Gemeinde möglich“, heißt es in der Verlautbarung. Mit Hinweis auf seinen angegriffenen Gesundheitszustand habe der Pfarrer jedoch dem Kardinal seinen Verzicht auf die Pfarrei Herz Jesu angeboten. Kardinal Woelki habe den Verzicht angenommen.

http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/katholische-kirche-ein-missbrauchsopfer-wehrt-sich,10809148,26413526,item,1.html

Ex-priest spared jail after breaching sex offender conditions

A former Catholic priest on the sex offenders registry has avoided a jail term despite admitting he breached a court order by umpiring junior cricket matches.
Paul Chris Pavlou, 54, stood in 11 under-15 matches between 2010 and 2012 for the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association in what was a breach of his obligations as a convicted sex offender, in that he was paid to work with children.
Pavlou also had a previous conviction for failing to comply with conditions of the registry, to which he was added for his 2009 conviction for performing an indecent act with a child under 15 and knowingly possessing child pornography.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/expriest-spared-jail-after-breaching-sex-offender-conditions-20140228-33qoc.html

Ex-priest spared jail after breaching sex offender conditions

A former Catholic priest on the sex offenders registry has avoided a jail term despite admitting he breached a court order by umpiring junior cricket matches.
Paul Chris Pavlou, 54, stood in 11 under-15 matches between 2010 and 2012 for the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association in what was a breach of his obligations as a convicted sex offender, in that he was paid to work with children.
Pavlou also had a previous conviction for failing to comply with conditions of the registry, to which he was added for his 2009 conviction for performing an indecent act with a child under 15 and knowingly possessing child pornography.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/expriest-spared-jail-after-breaching-sex-offender-conditions-20140228-33qoc.html

Find the child abusers, inquiry told

In a powerful plea from the witness box at a child abuse inquiry, a woman has called for the "carers" responsible for the abuse to be found and named.
Sixty-seven-year-old Wilma Robb was 13 when she was placed in Parramatta Girls Home, because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region of NSW, which was opened in 1961 to take troublesome girls from Parramatta.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard disturbing details of brutality at both homes.
On Friday, Ms Robb, who gave evidence at a Senate hearing in 2004 and has featured prominently in campaigns highlighting the abuse, said: "I was subject to an institutional process of depersonalisation and physical and emotional abuse."

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/national/a/21746930/find-the-child-abusers-inquiry-told/

Find the child abusers, inquiry told

In a powerful plea from the witness box at a child abuse inquiry, a woman has called for the "carers" responsible for the abuse to be found and named.
Sixty-seven-year-old Wilma Robb was 13 when she was placed in Parramatta Girls Home, because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region of NSW, which was opened in 1961 to take troublesome girls from Parramatta.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard disturbing details of brutality at both homes.
On Friday, Ms Robb, who gave evidence at a Senate hearing in 2004 and has featured prominently in campaigns highlighting the abuse, said: "I was subject to an institutional process of depersonalisation and physical and emotional abuse."

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/national/a/21746930/find-the-child-abusers-inquiry-told/

Royal commission: claims of abuse at NSW state-run homes dropped because attackers 'old and sick'

A former resident of a New South Wales girls' institution says the state government dropped her claims of abuse because her attackers were too old and sick at the time she complained.
The claim, which was heard at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, comes on the last scheduled day of hearings into Parramatta Girls' Training School and the Hay Institution for Girls.
The commission has today heard further evidence of sexual and physical abuse with two former residents telling the inquiry that Hay, the maximum security annex of the Parramatta facility, was designed to break girls.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-28/royal-commission-child-sexual-abuse/5291354

Royal commission: claims of abuse at NSW state-run homes dropped because attackers 'old and sick'

A former resident of a New South Wales girls' institution says the state government dropped her claims of abuse because her attackers were too old and sick at the time she complained.
The claim, which was heard at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, comes on the last scheduled day of hearings into Parramatta Girls' Training School and the Hay Institution for Girls.
The commission has today heard further evidence of sexual and physical abuse with two former residents telling the inquiry that Hay, the maximum security annex of the Parramatta facility, was designed to break girls.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-28/royal-commission-child-sexual-abuse/5291354

Victim tells of abuse at state-run home

A woman who was raped, bashed and had to endure frequent unnecessary internal examinations when she was just 13 has spent her life trying to recover from a year of horror at a NSW home for girls.
Evidence from Coral Campbell, a 65-year-old Aboriginal woman, on Friday brought tears to the eyes of those attending the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.
She was giving evidence of the time she spent at the Parramatta Girls Home near Sydney in 1962.
The then 13-year-old had been hit by a car, and was taken from hospital to a court where it was decided she was in grave moral danger. She was placed in the home that was notorious for its brutality.
Her parents were there and not allowed to speak.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21751721/victim-tells-of-abuse-at-state-run-home/

Victim tells of abuse at state-run home

A woman who was raped, bashed and had to endure frequent unnecessary internal examinations when she was just 13 has spent her life trying to recover from a year of horror at a NSW home for girls.
Evidence from Coral Campbell, a 65-year-old Aboriginal woman, on Friday brought tears to the eyes of those attending the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.
She was giving evidence of the time she spent at the Parramatta Girls Home near Sydney in 1962.
The then 13-year-old had been hit by a car, and was taken from hospital to a court where it was decided she was in grave moral danger. She was placed in the home that was notorious for its brutality.
Her parents were there and not allowed to speak.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21751721/victim-tells-of-abuse-at-state-run-home/

NSW govt 'deterred child abuse survivors'

An inquiry into child sex abuse has heard the NSW government deterred abuse survivors who attempted to sue with the threat that they would be pursued for costs if they lost.
Wilma Robb, 67, a survivor of abuse at two NSW girls' homes has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a group of about 40 women tried to start proceedings against the NSW government a few years ago.
Committed to Parramatta by the Children's Court when she was 13 because her mother had cancer and her father was violent, Ms Robb gave evidence of being raped and bashed at Parramatta Girls home and the Hay Institute for Girls.

 http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21746930/nsw-govt-deterred-child-abuse-survivors/

NSW govt 'deterred child abuse survivors'

An inquiry into child sex abuse has heard the NSW government deterred abuse survivors who attempted to sue with the threat that they would be pursued for costs if they lost.
Wilma Robb, 67, a survivor of abuse at two NSW girls' homes has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a group of about 40 women tried to start proceedings against the NSW government a few years ago.
Committed to Parramatta by the Children's Court when she was 13 because her mother had cancer and her father was violent, Ms Robb gave evidence of being raped and bashed at Parramatta Girls home and the Hay Institute for Girls.

 http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21746930/nsw-govt-deterred-child-abuse-survivors/

Wilma Robb gives evidence before royal commission into sex abuse that she was forced to clean up after having her face smashed into a sink when she was just 13

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl in the care of the state had her face smashed into a sink and was told to clean up the mess as blood poured from her mouth.
Wilma Robb, who has been an outspoken advocate for the girls subjected to the brutal regime at Parramatta Girls School and the Hay Institute for girls, said that she was then thrown into isolation for two days followed by three weeks in solitary confinement.
"At 15 years of age, I required a full set of false teeth," Ms Robb, 67, told the royal commission into institutionalised responses to child sex abuse sitting in Sydney today.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/wilma-robb-gives-evidence-before-royal-commission-into-sex-abuse-that-she-was-forced-to-clean-up-after-having-her-face-smashed-into-a-sink-when-she-was-just-13/story-fni0cx12-1226840768217

Wilma Robb gives evidence before royal commission into sex abuse that she was forced to clean up after having her face smashed into a sink when she was just 13

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl in the care of the state had her face smashed into a sink and was told to clean up the mess as blood poured from her mouth.
Wilma Robb, who has been an outspoken advocate for the girls subjected to the brutal regime at Parramatta Girls School and the Hay Institute for girls, said that she was then thrown into isolation for two days followed by three weeks in solitary confinement.
"At 15 years of age, I required a full set of false teeth," Ms Robb, 67, told the royal commission into institutionalised responses to child sex abuse sitting in Sydney today.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/wilma-robb-gives-evidence-before-royal-commission-into-sex-abuse-that-she-was-forced-to-clean-up-after-having-her-face-smashed-into-a-sink-when-she-was-just-13/story-fni0cx12-1226840768217

Breaking bricks and laying footpaths all about power, abuse inquiry hears

A FORMER inmate of the Institution for Girls at Hay has told a child abuse inquiry how she was subjected to systematic “de-personalisation”.
Wilma Robb, now 67, was 13 when she was first placed in Parramatta Girls Home because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been hearing disturbing details of a cruel regime at both homes.

Breaking bricks and laying footpaths all about power, abuse inquiry hears

A FORMER inmate of the Institution for Girls at Hay has told a child abuse inquiry how she was subjected to systematic “de-personalisation”.
Wilma Robb, now 67, was 13 when she was first placed in Parramatta Girls Home because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been hearing disturbing details of a cruel regime at both homes.

Victim speaks of institutional abuse

A WOMAN has told a child abuse inquiry how she was subjected to systematic "depersonalisation" after being placed in a NSW girls home.
Wilma Robb, now 67, was 13 when she was first placed in Parramatta Girls Home because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region of NSW.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been hearing disturbing details of a cruel regime at both homes.
On Friday, Ms Robb - who has previously given evidence at a Senate hearing in 2004 and featured prominently in campaigns highlighting the abuse - said she was "subject to an institutional process of depersonalisation and physical and emotional abuse".

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/victim-calls-for-nsw-abusers-to-be-found/story-fnhrvfuw-1226840622497

Victim speaks of institutional abuse

A WOMAN has told a child abuse inquiry how she was subjected to systematic "depersonalisation" after being placed in a NSW girls home.
Wilma Robb, now 67, was 13 when she was first placed in Parramatta Girls Home because her mother had cancer and her father was violent.
She was twice sent from there to Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region of NSW.
For three days, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been hearing disturbing details of a cruel regime at both homes.
On Friday, Ms Robb - who has previously given evidence at a Senate hearing in 2004 and featured prominently in campaigns highlighting the abuse - said she was "subject to an institutional process of depersonalisation and physical and emotional abuse".

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/victim-calls-for-nsw-abusers-to-be-found/story-fnhrvfuw-1226840622497

Royal Commission: Witness tells of having teeth shattered against sink

When Wilma Robb was transferred from Parramatta Girls Training School to the notoriously brutal Institution for Girls in Hay as a 15-year-old, she vividly recalls being told what to expect.
“Welcome to Hay,” the officer told her. “We will either make you or break you. Your choice.”
Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mrs Robb described the harsh discipline at the state-run jail as a psychological experiment.
“It was designed to break the human spirit and it certainly did break the human spirit,” she said.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-witness-tells-of-having-teeth-shattered-against-sink-20140228-33pcp.html

Royal Commission: Witness tells of having teeth shattered against sink

When Wilma Robb was transferred from Parramatta Girls Training School to the notoriously brutal Institution for Girls in Hay as a 15-year-old, she vividly recalls being told what to expect.
“Welcome to Hay,” the officer told her. “We will either make you or break you. Your choice.”
Speaking at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mrs Robb described the harsh discipline at the state-run jail as a psychological experiment.
“It was designed to break the human spirit and it certainly did break the human spirit,” she said.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-witness-tells-of-having-teeth-shattered-against-sink-20140228-33pcp.html

Abuse history is back to haunt NSW

Why has no one ever faced a court over the state-ignored rape and torture of hundreds, possibly thousands of girls in NSW institutions?
There have been reports, inquiries, books, TV programs and even a play about what happened at Parramatta Girls home near Sydney. There have been apologies at state and federal level.
Advocacy group Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) will tell you, however, many did not live to hear those apologies. Unable to bear the pain and shame, they took their own lives.
Yet no one was ever held to account.
No politician was forced to resign; no senior civil servant from the NSW welfare department ever fell on his or her sword.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21744505/abuse-history-is-back-to-haunt-nsw/

Abuse history is back to haunt NSW

Why has no one ever faced a court over the state-ignored rape and torture of hundreds, possibly thousands of girls in NSW institutions?
There have been reports, inquiries, books, TV programs and even a play about what happened at Parramatta Girls home near Sydney. There have been apologies at state and federal level.
Advocacy group Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) will tell you, however, many did not live to hear those apologies. Unable to bear the pain and shame, they took their own lives.
Yet no one was ever held to account.
No politician was forced to resign; no senior civil servant from the NSW welfare department ever fell on his or her sword.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21744505/abuse-history-is-back-to-haunt-nsw/

Children's homes ‘designed’ to break spirit, witness tells abuse royal commission

A WOMAN who was repeatedly beaten and raped in NSW state government-run children's homes says she has been “re-traumatised” by giving evidence to the royal commission, but hopes doing so will prevent future child abuse.
Wilma Robb told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the regime at the girls’ homes in Parramatta and Hay were “designed to break the human spirit.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/childrens-homes-designed-to-break-spirit-witness-tells-abuse-royal-commission/story-fngburq5-1226840744833

Children's homes ‘designed’ to break spirit, witness tells abuse royal commission

A WOMAN who was repeatedly beaten and raped in NSW state government-run children's homes says she has been “re-traumatised” by giving evidence to the royal commission, but hopes doing so will prevent future child abuse.
Wilma Robb told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the regime at the girls’ homes in Parramatta and Hay were “designed to break the human spirit.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/childrens-homes-designed-to-break-spirit-witness-tells-abuse-royal-commission/story-fngburq5-1226840744833

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Churches, authorities knew of abuse: Crews

A prominent Sydney reverend says authorities, churches and NGOs have known for decades about the abuse coming to light at a royal commission.
Churches, the Salvation Army and authorities have known for 40 years about the abuse coming to light at a royal commission, a prominent Sydney reverend says.
"They all knew," Wayside Chapel's Reverend Bill Crews told AAP. "There's no institution or organisation, whether it's the church or the government or NGOs, who can claim they didn't know."
But they were more concerned about "protecting the good name of the institution" than the abused children.
Between 1971 and 1983, Rev Crews ran a crisis centre in Kings Cross, where many street kids came for help.


http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/27/churches-authorities-knew-abuse-crews

Churches, authorities knew of abuse: Crews

A prominent Sydney reverend says authorities, churches and NGOs have known for decades about the abuse coming to light at a royal commission.
Churches, the Salvation Army and authorities have known for 40 years about the abuse coming to light at a royal commission, a prominent Sydney reverend says.
"They all knew," Wayside Chapel's Reverend Bill Crews told AAP. "There's no institution or organisation, whether it's the church or the government or NGOs, who can claim they didn't know."
But they were more concerned about "protecting the good name of the institution" than the abused children.
Between 1971 and 1983, Rev Crews ran a crisis centre in Kings Cross, where many street kids came for help.


http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/27/churches-authorities-knew-abuse-crews

Deliver Justice to Lewis Blayse and His Family

AUSTRALIA
Change.org
Petition by
Aletha Blayse
Brisbane, Australia
Dear General André Cox, Salvation Army World Head:
I’m disgusted by what I learned in the news in recent weeks about the Salvation Army’s treatment of children in its ‘care’ in Australia.
I’m shocked that the Salvation Army recently awarded a ‘Silver Star’ award to John McIver.
I’m shocked to learn how victims who first spoke out about abuses in Salvation Army institutions were ignored by your organisation, and sometimes even called liars.
I am appalled to learn that Lewis Blayse told your organisation of abuses at Alkira in the 1990s but that I’ve only just learned about them just now.
I don’t believe the slick spin put out by the Salvation Army that everything is all better now – I can make up my own mind, and I’m not impressed.

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/andre-cox-deliver-justice-to-lewis-blayse-and-his-family

Deliver Justice to Lewis Blayse and His Family

AUSTRALIA
Change.org
Petition by
Aletha Blayse
Brisbane, Australia
Dear General André Cox, Salvation Army World Head:
I’m disgusted by what I learned in the news in recent weeks about the Salvation Army’s treatment of children in its ‘care’ in Australia.
I’m shocked that the Salvation Army recently awarded a ‘Silver Star’ award to John McIver.
I’m shocked to learn how victims who first spoke out about abuses in Salvation Army institutions were ignored by your organisation, and sometimes even called liars.
I am appalled to learn that Lewis Blayse told your organisation of abuses at Alkira in the 1990s but that I’ve only just learned about them just now.
I don’t believe the slick spin put out by the Salvation Army that everything is all better now – I can make up my own mind, and I’m not impressed.

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/andre-cox-deliver-justice-to-lewis-blayse-and-his-family

An archbishop covered up the crimes of Father Billy Baker

By a Broken Rites researcher
One of Australia's most prominent Catholic leaders, Archbishop Frank Little, covered up complaints about a priest's child-sex crimes, a Melbourne court was told. Despite knowing about Father Wilfred Baker's crimes, Archbishop Little allowed Baker to be transferred to a new parish, thereby enabling this priest to commit more child-sex crimes.
Broken Rites first heard about Father Baker after Broken Rites launched its Australia-wide telephone hotline in late 1993. Broken Rites advised these callers that victims should contact the Victoria Police sexual offences and child abuse unit. As a result, detectives eventually charged Baker with child-sex crimes.
In the Melbourne County Court on 8 June 1999, Father Wilfred James Baker (then aged 62) was sentenced to four years' jail, with parole after two years.

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/252

An archbishop covered up the crimes of Father Billy Baker

By a Broken Rites researcher
One of Australia's most prominent Catholic leaders, Archbishop Frank Little, covered up complaints about a priest's child-sex crimes, a Melbourne court was told. Despite knowing about Father Wilfred Baker's crimes, Archbishop Little allowed Baker to be transferred to a new parish, thereby enabling this priest to commit more child-sex crimes.
Broken Rites first heard about Father Baker after Broken Rites launched its Australia-wide telephone hotline in late 1993. Broken Rites advised these callers that victims should contact the Victoria Police sexual offences and child abuse unit. As a result, detectives eventually charged Baker with child-sex crimes.
In the Melbourne County Court on 8 June 1999, Father Wilfred James Baker (then aged 62) was sentenced to four years' jail, with parole after two years.

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/252

Notorious Catholic priest to be sentenced

A sentencing hearing begins today for a notorious Hunter Valley Catholic priest who has admitted to sexually abusing 18 boys.
It is his second conviction for multiple child sex offences.
John Sidney Denham is already in prison for child sexual abuse, as Sydney's District Court hears submissions on his sentencing for additional crimes.
The former Maitland-Newcastle priest is serving 13 years in jail for sexually abusing 39 boys.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-27/notorious-catholic-priest-to-be-sentenced/5287002?&section=news

Notorious Catholic priest to be sentenced

A sentencing hearing begins today for a notorious Hunter Valley Catholic priest who has admitted to sexually abusing 18 boys.
It is his second conviction for multiple child sex offences.
John Sidney Denham is already in prison for child sexual abuse, as Sydney's District Court hears submissions on his sentencing for additional crimes.
The former Maitland-Newcastle priest is serving 13 years in jail for sexually abusing 39 boys.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-27/notorious-catholic-priest-to-be-sentenced/5287002?&section=news

OPINION: A vigilant community can help end institutional child abuse

IN MY business there is a saying: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The tragic stories uncovered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse suggest a change to the saying. Culture devours child protection policy for breakfast, lunch and tea.
Culture is what a group accepts as normal. If a group doesn’t talk about child safety then in its culture it is normal to ignore child safety. If an organisation values other things above child safety then, culturally, it will minimise its seriousness. Policies and procedures, especially if they are from head office, will have minimal impact.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-a-vigilant-community-can-help-end-institutional-child-abuse/story-fnihsr9v-1226838535347

OPINION: A vigilant community can help end institutional child abuse

IN MY business there is a saying: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The tragic stories uncovered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse suggest a change to the saying. Culture devours child protection policy for breakfast, lunch and tea.
Culture is what a group accepts as normal. If a group doesn’t talk about child safety then in its culture it is normal to ignore child safety. If an organisation values other things above child safety then, culturally, it will minimise its seriousness. Policies and procedures, especially if they are from head office, will have minimal impact.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-a-vigilant-community-can-help-end-institutional-child-abuse/story-fnihsr9v-1226838535347

Culture must change if we are to protect our children

OPINION: On the Catholic Church Insurance web page about how to make a claim is the advice, "Report theft (or attempted theft), malicious damage, and loss of personal valuables to the police."
The Catholic Church also has procedures to report child sexual abuse allegations to police. My experience is that church officers comply with the insurance advice for material things.
But in Toowoomba we have seen the tragic results of failure to comply with the church's procedures for child abuse. This highlights the cultural issues that Bishop Bill Morris and others raise.

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/change-culture-to-protect-children/2182344/

Culture must change if we are to protect our children

OPINION: On the Catholic Church Insurance web page about how to make a claim is the advice, "Report theft (or attempted theft), malicious damage, and loss of personal valuables to the police."
The Catholic Church also has procedures to report child sexual abuse allegations to police. My experience is that church officers comply with the insurance advice for material things.
But in Toowoomba we have seen the tragic results of failure to comply with the church's procedures for child abuse. This highlights the cultural issues that Bishop Bill Morris and others raise.

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/change-culture-to-protect-children/2182344/

Rape victim unwilling to face Denham again

A HUNTER man who was raped by paedophile priest John Denham was not in court yesterday for the process that will confirm Denham dies in jail.
‘‘I don’t want to see him ever again,’’ the man, 49, said.
‘‘The police asked me to write a victim’s impact statement, but even that’s beyond me. I hope the next time I hear about him will be when they let me know he’s passed away.’’
A  pre-sentence hearing in Sydney yesterday was adjourned to May on an application from Denham’s lawyer. The former priest, who was defrocked by the Catholic Church in 2011 – 11 years after he was first convicted of sexually abusing a boy – pleaded guilty in August last year to 25 child sex charges involving 18 boys at Singleton, Wingham and St Pius X School, Adamstown, in the 1970s, and accepted another 23 indecent assault charges had occurred.

Rape victim unwilling to face Denham again

A HUNTER man who was raped by paedophile priest John Denham was not in court yesterday for the process that will confirm Denham dies in jail.
‘‘I don’t want to see him ever again,’’ the man, 49, said.
‘‘The police asked me to write a victim’s impact statement, but even that’s beyond me. I hope the next time I hear about him will be when they let me know he’s passed away.’’
A  pre-sentence hearing in Sydney yesterday was adjourned to May on an application from Denham’s lawyer. The former priest, who was defrocked by the Catholic Church in 2011 – 11 years after he was first convicted of sexually abusing a boy – pleaded guilty in August last year to 25 child sex charges involving 18 boys at Singleton, Wingham and St Pius X School, Adamstown, in the 1970s, and accepted another 23 indecent assault charges had occurred.

Kinderpornografie: Strafbefehl gegen Unterthürheimer Pfarrer

Das Amtsgericht Augsburg hat gegen den früheren Pater der Pfarreiengemeinschaft Thürheim einen Strafbefehl wegen Besitz von kinder- und jugendpornografischem Bildmaterial erlassen. Der Geistliche stand seit 2005 im Dienst des Bistums Augsburg.

http://www.stadtzeitung.de/nachrichten/augsburg-land/Kinderpornografie-Strafbefehl-gegen-Unterthuerheimer-Pfarrer;art479,10803 

Abused woman furious system still broken

Mary Hooker is furious the system that enabled child molesters to prey on her and her fellow wards of the state is still broken, leaving children at great risk of sexual abuse.
She became a Department of Community Safety worker in her later life, hoping to save youngsters from the horrors she endured as a 13-year-old at a Parramatta girl's home in 1972.
But she had to quit, frustrated by a lack of change in a system meant to help vulnerable children.
"It was too real for me," she said, visibly angry and upset.
"I could not stop the abuse. That's too raw for me."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/02/27/14/06/abused-girls-threatened-into-silence

Abused woman furious system still broken

Mary Hooker is furious the system that enabled child molesters to prey on her and her fellow wards of the state is still broken, leaving children at great risk of sexual abuse.
She became a Department of Community Safety worker in her later life, hoping to save youngsters from the horrors she endured as a 13-year-old at a Parramatta girl's home in 1972.
But she had to quit, frustrated by a lack of change in a system meant to help vulnerable children.
"It was too real for me," she said, visibly angry and upset.
"I could not stop the abuse. That's too raw for me."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/02/27/14/06/abused-girls-threatened-into-silence

Royal Commission: Girls stuck themselves with needles and pins at Parramatta Girls Training School

Mary Hooker has a photograph of herself taken two days after she was released from Parramatta Girls Training School after a 15-month sentence in the early 1970s.
She is wearing a long-sleeved yellow blouse to disguise the damage done while in the home, which is now the subject of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“It is covering up all the scars on my arms and on my breasts where I would stick the needles into me so I could relieve some of the pain," she told the hearing.
Sent to the home aged 13 in 1972, Mrs Hooker said girls would steal pins and needles from the sewing room to self-harm because their treatment at the home was so harsh.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-girls-stuck-themselves-with-needles-and-pins-at-parramatta-girls-training-school-20140227-33kyz.html

Royal Commission: Girls stuck themselves with needles and pins at Parramatta Girls Training School

Mary Hooker has a photograph of herself taken two days after she was released from Parramatta Girls Training School after a 15-month sentence in the early 1970s.
She is wearing a long-sleeved yellow blouse to disguise the damage done while in the home, which is now the subject of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“It is covering up all the scars on my arms and on my breasts where I would stick the needles into me so I could relieve some of the pain," she told the hearing.
Sent to the home aged 13 in 1972, Mrs Hooker said girls would steal pins and needles from the sewing room to self-harm because their treatment at the home was so harsh.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-girls-stuck-themselves-with-needles-and-pins-at-parramatta-girls-training-school-20140227-33kyz.html

She was bashed and sexually assaulted in the Parramatta Girls School and now she is speaking up ‘for the girls’

THEY still call themselves “the girls”. The mothers and grandmothers bound together by their years at the notorious Parramatta Girls School and the even worse Hay Institution.
One of the brave women who was bashed and sexually assaulted at Parramatta Girls School back in the 1960s, Janet Mulquiney, told the child sex abuse royal commission today that this was the first time she had spoken about her experiences but she was doing it for “the girls”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/she-was-bashed-and-sexually-assaulted-in-the-parramatta-girls-school-and-now-she-is-speaking-up-for-the-girls/story-e6frg6n6-1226839364155

She was bashed and sexually assaulted in the Parramatta Girls School and now she is speaking up ‘for the girls’

THEY still call themselves “the girls”. The mothers and grandmothers bound together by their years at the notorious Parramatta Girls School and the even worse Hay Institution.
One of the brave women who was bashed and sexually assaulted at Parramatta Girls School back in the 1960s, Janet Mulquiney, told the child sex abuse royal commission today that this was the first time she had spoken about her experiences but she was doing it for “the girls”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/she-was-bashed-and-sexually-assaulted-in-the-parramatta-girls-school-and-now-she-is-speaking-up-for-the-girls/story-e6frg6n6-1226839364155

Royal Commission: Girl tried to jump out of moving police car to avoid Parramatta Girls home

Janet Mulquiney was so terrified of the prospect of going to the Parramatta Girls Training School she tried to jump out of a moving police car into traffic when she was being taken to the centre in 1970.
Giving evidence at the second day of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mrs Mulquiney painted a harrowing picture of the institution which was home to almost 30,000 girls before its closure in 1974.
She was sent to the school after running away from her home in Balgowlah as a 15-year-old, being told “some time in an institution will do you good”.
Instead, she was sexually assaulted in an isolation cell known as the dungeon in the middle of the night.
Mrs Mulquiney, a teenager with no sexual experience, was terrified.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-girl-tried-to-jump-out-of-moving-police-car-to-avoid-parramatta-girls-home-20140227-33jvn.html

Royal Commission: Girl tried to jump out of moving police car to avoid Parramatta Girls home

Janet Mulquiney was so terrified of the prospect of going to the Parramatta Girls Training School she tried to jump out of a moving police car into traffic when she was being taken to the centre in 1970.
Giving evidence at the second day of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mrs Mulquiney painted a harrowing picture of the institution which was home to almost 30,000 girls before its closure in 1974.
She was sent to the school after running away from her home in Balgowlah as a 15-year-old, being told “some time in an institution will do you good”.
Instead, she was sexually assaulted in an isolation cell known as the dungeon in the middle of the night.
Mrs Mulquiney, a teenager with no sexual experience, was terrified.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-girl-tried-to-jump-out-of-moving-police-car-to-avoid-parramatta-girls-home-20140227-33jvn.html

Abused girls threatened into silence

When Janet Mulquiney was beaten and sexually abused by her guardians at a Parramatta girls home, she kept quiet.
There were worse places she dreaded being sent.
In 1969, aged 15, Ms Mulquiney was sent to the Parramatta Girls Training School for 18 months after being charged for running away from her northern beaches home.
She gave evidence on Thursday morning at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21729119/abused-girls-threatened-into-silence/

Abused girls threatened into silence

When Janet Mulquiney was beaten and sexually abused by her guardians at a Parramatta girls home, she kept quiet.
There were worse places she dreaded being sent.
In 1969, aged 15, Ms Mulquiney was sent to the Parramatta Girls Training School for 18 months after being charged for running away from her northern beaches home.
She gave evidence on Thursday morning at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21729119/abused-girls-threatened-into-silence/

Girls raped, bashed during movie night

Mary Hooker said she had two choices on movie night at a girls' home in Sydney's west.
Be raped, or bashed.
Ms Hooker is one of 16 women giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse on two NSW state-run girls' homes between 1950 and 1974.
After being removed from her small NSW town, Ms Hooker and her 12 siblings were split up and sent to various homes across the state.
They were taken from their parents in 1970 after their father was charged with raping two of his daughters.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/02/27/14/27/girls-raped-bashed-during-movie-night

Girls raped, bashed during movie night

Mary Hooker said she had two choices on movie night at a girls' home in Sydney's west.
Be raped, or bashed.
Ms Hooker is one of 16 women giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse on two NSW state-run girls' homes between 1950 and 1974.
After being removed from her small NSW town, Ms Hooker and her 12 siblings were split up and sent to various homes across the state.
They were taken from their parents in 1970 after their father was charged with raping two of his daughters.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/02/27/14/27/girls-raped-bashed-during-movie-night

Parramatta girls' home resident reveals despair after sexual, physical abuse

A former resident of a Sydney girls' home has given distressing testimony of the sexual abuse and beatings she received while living at the institution.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding the second of three days of public hearings into the Parramatta Girls' Training School and an affiliated facility, the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21727177/parramatta-girls-home-resident-reveals-despair-after-sexual-and-physical-abuse/

Parramatta girls' home resident reveals despair after sexual, physical abuse

A former resident of a Sydney girls' home has given distressing testimony of the sexual abuse and beatings she received while living at the institution.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding the second of three days of public hearings into the Parramatta Girls' Training School and an affiliated facility, the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21727177/parramatta-girls-home-resident-reveals-despair-after-sexual-and-physical-abuse/

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

George Pell - the view from the pew

Kristina Keneally

 
At one level, I always felt a bit of sympathy for Cardinal George Pell. He's a product of a particular time and culture in the Catholic Church. I can't imagine he was overjoyed as Bishop of Sydney to have me, a theologically-trained Catholic feminist Premier on his hands.
In the lead up to World Youth Day, the Cardinal and I were preparing to do a media event. I had advised him that I would open the press conference, and then throw to him. He said, “Minister, what would you like me to say?”

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/george-pell--the-view-from-the-pew-20140226-33h07.html

George Pell - the view from the pew

Kristina Keneally

 
At one level, I always felt a bit of sympathy for Cardinal George Pell. He's a product of a particular time and culture in the Catholic Church. I can't imagine he was overjoyed as Bishop of Sydney to have me, a theologically-trained Catholic feminist Premier on his hands.
In the lead up to World Youth Day, the Cardinal and I were preparing to do a media event. I had advised him that I would open the press conference, and then throw to him. He said, “Minister, what would you like me to say?”

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/george-pell--the-view-from-the-pew-20140226-33h07.html

Karlheinz Deschner vollendet Gesamtwerk

Den größten Teil seines Lebens verbrachte Deschner (geb. 1924) als Streitschriftsteller zurückgezogen am Schreibtisch – „Cordon sanitaire und Angriffsbasis zugleich“. Hier verfasste er, vielfach rezensiert, stets kontrovers, mehrere literatur- und zahlreiche kirchenkritische Bücher, welche, ausgehend von den verkauften, teilweise in zwölf Sprachen übersetzten fünfzig Büchern, über eine Million Leser erreichten.Eine Basis dieser Leserschaft geht zurück auf Deschners Vorträge über moderne amerikanische Literatur in den 50er und 60er Jahren (Amerikahaus deutschlandweit) wie auch auf mehrere zwischen 1957 und 1971 von ihm herausgegebene und eingeleitete, teilweise heftig diskutierte Sammelbände mit Titeln wie „Was halten Sie vom Christentum…?“,

http://hpd.de/node/17953

Sexueller Missbrauch in der Kirche: Die Leiden des Eckhard O.

Eckhard O. kämpft gegen die Kirche. Der heute 61-Jährige ist als Kind in katholischen Erziehungsheimen missbraucht und misshandelt worden. SPIEGEL-ONLINE-Redakteurin Barbara Hans trifft einen gebrochenen, schwer kranken Mann - dessen Leben zerstört ist.
 Der Mann, der mir im Restaurant gegenübersitzt, freut sich auf das Schnitzel mit Pommes. Er hat Hunger und nur wenig Geld. Die meiste Zeit verbringt er in seiner Wohnung, stark übergewichtig, schwer krank, er arbeitet seit langem nicht mehr. Er habe sich einen Panzer angefressen, sagt er.

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/sexueller-missbrauch-in-der-kirche-die-leiden-des-eckhard-o-a-735710.html

Weinberg: Wir lassen Heimkinder der ehemaligen DDR nicht im Stich

Berlin (ots) - Bund und ostdeutsche Länder haben sich darauf verständigt, den Fonds für die Heimkinder der ehemaligen DDR aufzustocken. Dazu erklärt der familienpolitische Sprecher der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion, Marcus Weinberg:
"Seitdem bekannt ist, dass die ursprüngliche Ausstattung des Fonds für die Heimkinder der ehemaligen DDR in Höhe von 40 Millionen Euro nahezu aufgebraucht ist, hat sich die CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion dafür eingesetzt, die Mittel aufzustocken. Wir waren und sind es den Opfern der Heimunterbringung schuldig, uns um ihre Folgeschäden zu kümmern. Daher begrüßen wir die Vereinbarung. Sie dokumentiert, dass wir die ehemaligen Heimkinder mit ihrem Schicksal nicht alleine lassen und dass das Thema für uns von großer Bedeutung ist.

http://www.presseportal.de/pm/7846/2674547/weinberg-wir-lassen-heimkinder-der-ehemaligen-ddr-nicht-im-stich

Royal Commission officers to visit Ballarat and Bendigo

Officers of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will visit Ballarat and Bendigo this week.
The Royal Commission will be holding informal meetings with community groups and service providers in the region to share information about the work of the Royal Commission.
Community-based organisations play an important role in supporting their clients to engage with the Royal Commission, and making submissions in response to Issues Papers on various topics.
These initial meetings will be followed by a visit to the region by Royal Commissioners, including the Chair, next month.
Full details of that visit will be confirmed closer to the date.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/royal-commission-officers-to-visit-ballarat-and-bendigo/

Royal Commission officers to visit Ballarat and Bendigo

Officers of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will visit Ballarat and Bendigo this week.
The Royal Commission will be holding informal meetings with community groups and service providers in the region to share information about the work of the Royal Commission.
Community-based organisations play an important role in supporting their clients to engage with the Royal Commission, and making submissions in response to Issues Papers on various topics.
These initial meetings will be followed by a visit to the region by Royal Commissioners, including the Chair, next month.
Full details of that visit will be confirmed closer to the date.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/royal-commission-officers-to-visit-ballarat-and-bendigo/

Papst Franziskus will Limburger Bischof absetzen

Der Papst hat nach Informationen der ZEIT genug vom Limburger Bischof. Aus dem Vatikan heißt es, er wolle Tebartz-van Elst absetzen. Der ahnt offenbar nichts.Papst Franziskus will Ruhe in die Katholische Kirche bringen – und deshalb den umstrittenen Limburger Bischof loswerden. Aus dem Umkreis von Franziskus ist zu hören, der Papst beabsichtige, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst abzusetzen. Das berichtet die ZEIT in ihrer neuen Ausgabe.     

http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2014-02/papst-franziskus-tebartz-van-elst-absetzung

Sexual Abuse Royal Commission officials in Ballarat

CLERGY sex abuse survivors have welcomed the visit to Ballarat by officers from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The officers were in Ballarat yesterday for informal meetings with community groups and service providers to share information about the work of the Royal Commission.
The initial meetings will be followed by a visit to the region by Royal Commissioners, including the chairman, next month.
Clergy sex abuse survivor Andrew Collins said for him the consultation was about finding out what the plans were for the Royal Commission in Ballarat.

Sexual Abuse Royal Commission officials in Ballarat

CLERGY sex abuse survivors have welcomed the visit to Ballarat by officers from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The officers were in Ballarat yesterday for informal meetings with community groups and service providers to share information about the work of the Royal Commission.
The initial meetings will be followed by a visit to the region by Royal Commissioners, including the chairman, next month.
Clergy sex abuse survivor Andrew Collins said for him the consultation was about finding out what the plans were for the Royal Commission in Ballarat.

Hearing held on decades-old child sex abuse allegations

SYDNEY, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A lawyer assisting a child sex abuse commission said girls as young as 10 were drugged, raped and beaten at two state-run homes in Australia.
The alleged abuse took place between 1950 and 1974 at the Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/02/26/Hearing-held-on-decades-old-child-sex-abuse-allegations/UPI-59061393422770/?spt=rln&or=2

Hearing held on decades-old child sex abuse allegations

SYDNEY, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A lawyer assisting a child sex abuse commission said girls as young as 10 were drugged, raped and beaten at two state-run homes in Australia.
The alleged abuse took place between 1950 and 1974 at the Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/02/26/Hearing-held-on-decades-old-child-sex-abuse-allegations/UPI-59061393422770/?spt=rln&or=2

OPINION: A vigilant community can help end institutional child abuse

IN MY business there is a saying: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The tragic stories uncovered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse suggest a change to the saying. Culture devours child protection policy for breakfast, lunch and tea.
Culture is what a group accepts as normal. If a group doesn’t talk about child safety then in its culture it is normal to ignore child safety. If an organisation values other things above child safety then, culturally, it will minimise its seriousness. Policies and procedures, especially if they are from head office, will have minimal impact.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-a-vigilant-community-can-help-end-institutional-child-abuse/story-fnihsr9v-1226838535347

OPINION: A vigilant community can help end institutional child abuse

IN MY business there is a saying: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The tragic stories uncovered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse suggest a change to the saying. Culture devours child protection policy for breakfast, lunch and tea.
Culture is what a group accepts as normal. If a group doesn’t talk about child safety then in its culture it is normal to ignore child safety. If an organisation values other things above child safety then, culturally, it will minimise its seriousness. Policies and procedures, especially if they are from head office, will have minimal impact.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-a-vigilant-community-can-help-end-institutional-child-abuse/story-fnihsr9v-1226838535347

Inmates tell of torture and abuse

GIRLS as young as 10 were drugged, raped and bashed, with one having all her teeth forcibly removed because she was ‘‘bad’’, at institutions run by the state of NSW, an inquiry has heard.
The abuse over three decades included the girls being slapped, kicked, punched, dragged by the hair, isolated for weeks and raped with a broomstick.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse is hearing the experiences of 16 women who were inmates at Parramatta Girls home between 1950 and 1974 and at the Hay Institution for Girls, a maximum security annex for inmates who were rebellious and difficult.

Inmates tell of torture and abuse

GIRLS as young as 10 were drugged, raped and bashed, with one having all her teeth forcibly removed because she was ‘‘bad’’, at institutions run by the state of NSW, an inquiry has heard.
The abuse over three decades included the girls being slapped, kicked, punched, dragged by the hair, isolated for weeks and raped with a broomstick.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse is hearing the experiences of 16 women who were inmates at Parramatta Girls home between 1950 and 1974 and at the Hay Institution for Girls, a maximum security annex for inmates who were rebellious and difficult.

Inmates at girls home 'drugged, raped and beaten'

An inquiry's heard girls as young as 10 were drugged, raped and bashed, with one having all her teeth forcibly removed because she was bad, at institutions run by the state of NSW.
The abuse over three decades included the girls being slapped, kicked, punched, dragged by the hair, isolated for weeks and raped with a broomstick.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse is hearing the experiences of 16 women who were inmates at Parramatta Girls home between 1950 and 1974 and at the Hay Institution for Girls, a maximum security annex for inmates who were rebellious and difficult.
Counsel assisting the commission Caroline Spruce said the experiences of the women are similar.
They tell of physical abuse by officers, resulting in serious injuries as they tried to defend themselves from being raped.
Some were also subdued with the drug Largactil, used to treat severe depression and behavioural disturbances, before being raped.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/26/inmates-girls-home-drugged-raped-and-beaten

Inmates at girls home 'drugged, raped and beaten'

An inquiry's heard girls as young as 10 were drugged, raped and bashed, with one having all her teeth forcibly removed because she was bad, at institutions run by the state of NSW.
The abuse over three decades included the girls being slapped, kicked, punched, dragged by the hair, isolated for weeks and raped with a broomstick.
The royal commission into child sexual abuse is hearing the experiences of 16 women who were inmates at Parramatta Girls home between 1950 and 1974 and at the Hay Institution for Girls, a maximum security annex for inmates who were rebellious and difficult.
Counsel assisting the commission Caroline Spruce said the experiences of the women are similar.
They tell of physical abuse by officers, resulting in serious injuries as they tried to defend themselves from being raped.
Some were also subdued with the drug Largactil, used to treat severe depression and behavioural disturbances, before being raped.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/26/inmates-girls-home-drugged-raped-and-beaten

Royal Commission: tears as woman tells of abuse in Parramatta Girls' 'dungeon'

Fay Hillery had  suffered unimaginable trauma as a young child, including the death of her mother when she was three, rejection by her father and neglect at the hands of her grandparents.
But nothing could prepare her for what was to come when  she was sent to the notorious Parramatta Girls Training School as a 16-year-old in 1958.
Giving evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse before Justice Peter McClellan,  Mrs Hillery told an emotional hearing about the shocking abuse she suffered at the school, which was shut down in 1974 amid  outcries about rough treatment of the inmates.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-tears-as-woman-tells-of-abuse-in-parramatta-girls--dungeon-20140226-33h5n.html

Royal Commission: tears as woman tells of abuse in Parramatta Girls' 'dungeon'

Fay Hillery had  suffered unimaginable trauma as a young child, including the death of her mother when she was three, rejection by her father and neglect at the hands of her grandparents.
But nothing could prepare her for what was to come when  she was sent to the notorious Parramatta Girls Training School as a 16-year-old in 1958.
Giving evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse before Justice Peter McClellan,  Mrs Hillery told an emotional hearing about the shocking abuse she suffered at the school, which was shut down in 1974 amid  outcries about rough treatment of the inmates.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-tears-as-woman-tells-of-abuse-in-parramatta-girls--dungeon-20140226-33h5n.html

Government-run institution for girls was run like a concentration camp Royal Commission hears

  • Evidence of abuse over 30 years
  • Girls had done nothing more than be born into poverty
  • Estimated 30,000 girls went through two institutions
  • Girls were raped, drugged, beaten and their spirits broken
A GOVERNMENT institution for girls was run like a concentration camp where new inmates were told: “Welcome to Hay. We will make you or break you, your choice” as their hair was hacked off. 

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/governmentrun-institution-for-girls-was-run-like-a-concentration-camp-royal-commission-hears/story-fni0cx4q-1226838117751 

Government-run institution for girls was run like a concentration camp Royal Commission hears

  • Evidence of abuse over 30 years
  • Girls had done nothing more than be born into poverty
  • Estimated 30,000 girls went through two institutions
  • Girls were raped, drugged, beaten and their spirits broken
A GOVERNMENT institution for girls was run like a concentration camp where new inmates were told: “Welcome to Hay. We will make you or break you, your choice” as their hair was hacked off. 

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/governmentrun-institution-for-girls-was-run-like-a-concentration-camp-royal-commission-hears/story-fni0cx4q-1226838117751 

Abuse victims tell of rapes, dungeon isolation at Hay, Parramatta homes

CHILDREN living in a state-run girls’ homes in New South Wales were raped, beaten until they bled, and locked in an isolation dungeon for weeks or months at time, the royal commission has heard.
Many of these children, including aboriginal girls and the victims of previous rapes and incest, were committed after a court ordered they were either neglected or “exposed to moral danger” at home.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that over 30,000 girls, some as young as 10, went through the two homes at Parramatta and Hay, in western NSW, since they first opened in 1887.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/abuse-victims-tell-of-rapes-dungeon-isolation-at-hay-parramatta-homes/story-fngburq5-1226838287986#

Abuse victims tell of rapes, dungeon isolation at Hay, Parramatta homes

CHILDREN living in a state-run girls’ homes in New South Wales were raped, beaten until they bled, and locked in an isolation dungeon for weeks or months at time, the royal commission has heard.
Many of these children, including aboriginal girls and the victims of previous rapes and incest, were committed after a court ordered they were either neglected or “exposed to moral danger” at home.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that over 30,000 girls, some as young as 10, went through the two homes at Parramatta and Hay, in western NSW, since they first opened in 1887.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/abuse-victims-tell-of-rapes-dungeon-isolation-at-hay-parramatta-homes/story-fngburq5-1226838287986#

Inmates at girls home were kicked, raped

Girls as young as 10 were drugged, raped and bashed, with one having all her teeth forcibly removed because she was "bad", at institutions run by the state of NSW, an inquiry has heard.
The abuse over three decades included the girls being slapped, kicked, punched, dragged by the hair, isolated for weeks and raped with a broomstick.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21700376/inmates-at-girls-home-were-kicked-raped/

Inmates at girls home were kicked, raped

Girls as young as 10 were drugged, raped and bashed, with one having all her teeth forcibly removed because she was "bad", at institutions run by the state of NSW, an inquiry has heard.
The abuse over three decades included the girls being slapped, kicked, punched, dragged by the hair, isolated for weeks and raped with a broomstick.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21700376/inmates-at-girls-home-were-kicked-raped/

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Girls 'drugged and raped' at NSW state-run homes

Girls as young as 10 were raped and drugged at a state-run home in New South Wales, the child sexual abuse royal commission has been told.
Girls as young as 10 were raped and drugged at a state-run home in New South Wales, the child sexual abuse royal commission has been told.
The allegation was detailed on the first day of a public hearing into abuse at two girls' homes.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is looking into abuse allegations from between 1950 and 1974 at the Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-02-26/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-girls-drugged-and-raped-at-nsw-staterun-homes/1271488

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Girls 'drugged and raped' at NSW state-run homes

Girls as young as 10 were raped and drugged at a state-run home in New South Wales, the child sexual abuse royal commission has been told.
Girls as young as 10 were raped and drugged at a state-run home in New South Wales, the child sexual abuse royal commission has been told.
The allegation was detailed on the first day of a public hearing into abuse at two girls' homes.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is looking into abuse allegations from between 1950 and 1974 at the Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and the Hay Institution for Girls in the Riverina region.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-02-26/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-girls-drugged-and-raped-at-nsw-staterun-homes/1271488

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Royal Commission hears about shocking abuse at Parramatta Girls Home

Girls as young as 18 months who came into contact with the NSW child welfare authorities from the 1930s onwards were routinely tested for venereal disease and evidence of sexual activity.
If they were found, on the basis of a spurious vaginal examination, to have been sexually active, from the age of 10 upwards they could be sent to the Parramatta Girls Home where they were exposed to ''state-sanctioned rape'' perpetrated by doctors, supervising staff and other inmates.
The notorious detention centre for girls, which shut down after public outcry in 1974, is the focus of hearings for the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse starting on Wednesday.
Harrowing testimony is expected as 10 women, who were among the thousands detained in the home or at the associated Institution for Girls at Hay during the period of 1950-1974, take the stand to tell their stories.

http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/news-features/royal-commission-hears-about-shocking-abuse-at-parramatta-girls-home-20140226-33gob.html

Royal Commission hears about shocking abuse at Parramatta Girls Home

Girls as young as 18 months who came into contact with the NSW child welfare authorities from the 1930s onwards were routinely tested for venereal disease and evidence of sexual activity.
If they were found, on the basis of a spurious vaginal examination, to have been sexually active, from the age of 10 upwards they could be sent to the Parramatta Girls Home where they were exposed to ''state-sanctioned rape'' perpetrated by doctors, supervising staff and other inmates.
The notorious detention centre for girls, which shut down after public outcry in 1974, is the focus of hearings for the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse starting on Wednesday.
Harrowing testimony is expected as 10 women, who were among the thousands detained in the home or at the associated Institution for Girls at Hay during the period of 1950-1974, take the stand to tell their stories.

http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/news-features/royal-commission-hears-about-shocking-abuse-at-parramatta-girls-home-20140226-33gob.html

Royal Commission Chief Executive warns stories from Hay Institution for Girls will reveal most appalling abuse yet

A former resident of the Hay Institution for Girls has described it as a purely evil place.
Over the next three days, abuse survivors from the Hay Institution and the Parramatta Girls Training School will appear at hearings in Sydney for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Wilma Robb was sent to Hay from Parramatta in the 1960s, where she says girls were subjected to a strict military regime and isolation.
Ms Robb says she wants to share her story to protect other children.
"We experienced sexual abuse on a daily basis," she said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-26/hay-girls-rc/5284444?&section=news

Royal Commission Chief Executive warns stories from Hay Institution for Girls will reveal most appalling abuse yet

A former resident of the Hay Institution for Girls has described it as a purely evil place.
Over the next three days, abuse survivors from the Hay Institution and the Parramatta Girls Training School will appear at hearings in Sydney for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Wilma Robb was sent to Hay from Parramatta in the 1960s, where she says girls were subjected to a strict military regime and isolation.
Ms Robb says she wants to share her story to protect other children.
"We experienced sexual abuse on a daily basis," she said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-26/hay-girls-rc/5284444?&section=news

Aussie Pressures Lead Pope to Pull Pell; Who’s Next?

The clergy abuse survivors of Australia and the rule of law have scored a major victory. Cardinal Pell has been induced to take a Vatican desk job apparently to avoid the unrelenting and escalating pressure from the Australian Royal Commission’s investigation into institutional child sexual abuse. The pressure was increased by the testimony of a sacked Aussie bishop who described the Vatican’s interference in local abuse scandals as reported here  http://www.mydailynews.com.au/news/catholic-church-silence-former-bishop/2179216/  The Royal Commission can likely still reach Pell in due course, if and when it wants to.

http://christiancatholicism.com/aussie-pressures-lead-pope-francis-to-pull-pell-who-is-next/ 

Aussie Pressures Lead Pope to Pull Pell; Who’s Next?

The clergy abuse survivors of Australia and the rule of law have scored a major victory. Cardinal Pell has been induced to take a Vatican desk job apparently to avoid the unrelenting and escalating pressure from the Australian Royal Commission’s investigation into institutional child sexual abuse. The pressure was increased by the testimony of a sacked Aussie bishop who described the Vatican’s interference in local abuse scandals as reported here  http://www.mydailynews.com.au/news/catholic-church-silence-former-bishop/2179216/  The Royal Commission can likely still reach Pell in due course, if and when it wants to.

http://christiancatholicism.com/aussie-pressures-lead-pope-francis-to-pull-pell-who-is-next/ 

Das Leben nach dem Missbrauch

Bottrop. Alkoholsucht, berufliches Aus, Scheidungen: Drei Männer erzählen, wie Pädophile ihr Leben zerstörten. Mit den Taten abfinden können sie sich nicht. Nun hoffen sie, dass die Verjährungsfrist für sexuellen Missbrauch fällt – damit sie ihre Täter auch noch nach 30 Jahren juristisch belangen können.

http://www.derwesten.de/politik/das-leben-nach-dem-missbrauch-id9041227.html

Verkürzte Meldefrist für Ex-Heimkinder

Thüringer Vorstoß erhält Unterstützung vom Bund

Halle. Thüringens Sozialministerin Heike Taubert (SPD) hat sich für eine kürzere Anmeldefrist für Ansprüche aus dem staatlichen Hilfsfonds für frühere DDR-Heimkinder ausgesprochen. Sie wünsche sich für die Betroffenen eine »überschaubare Frist«, damit deren Forderungen aufgenommen und anschließend abgearbeitet werden könnten, sagte sie am Montag dem MDR. Bislang sind Zahlungs-Anträge noch bis Mitte 2016 möglich.

http://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/925129.verkuerzte-meldefrist-fuer-ex-heimkinder.html

Bis zu 200 Millionen Euro für DDR-Heimkinder

Mit dem Fonds "DDR-Heimerziehung" werden Menschen unterstützt, die einst in den Heimen Unrecht und Gewalt erlebt haben. Doch die ursprünglich 40 Millionen Euro waren viel zu gering bemessen, ein Ende der Hilfe drohte. Nun stocken Bund und Länder den klammen Fonds auf bis zu 200 Mio. Euro auf. Betroffene bekommen also weiterhin Hilfe - wenn sie sie rechtzeitig beantragen.

http://www.rbb-online.de/politik/beitrag/2014/02/ddr-heimkinder-fonds-wird-aufgestockt.html

Hilfsfonds aufgestockt Mehr Geld für DDR-Heimkinder

Der Bund und die fünf ostdeutschen Länder haben sich darauf verständigt, den Hilfsfonds für ehemalige DDR-Heimkinder aufzustocken. Wie das Bundesfamilienministerium mitteilte, soll die Summe von 40 Millionen Euro auf rund 200 Millionen Euro erhöht werden. Der Hilfsfonds, mit dem die Heimkinder für Drangsalierung, Misshandlung und teilweise auch Ausbeutung entschädigt werden sollen, wird vom Bund und den ostdeutschen Ländern je zur Hälfte finanziert.

http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/heimkind-fonds100.html

Child sex abuse royal commission: Hearings to shine spotlight on abuse at Parramatta and Hay girls homes

The child sex abuse royal commission will today hear the stories of women who were allegedly abused at two state-run institutions for girls in New South Wales.
The commission will hear evidence of abuse from 16 women who were sent as children to live at Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and Hay Institution for Girls, in the Riverina region, between 1950 and 1974.
Former residents have not been compensated for the abuse they endured as many did not make formal complaints at the time.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-26/hold-for-feb-25-royal-commission-preview/5283084

Child sex abuse royal commission: Hearings to shine spotlight on abuse at Parramatta and Hay girls homes

The child sex abuse royal commission will today hear the stories of women who were allegedly abused at two state-run institutions for girls in New South Wales.
The commission will hear evidence of abuse from 16 women who were sent as children to live at Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and Hay Institution for Girls, in the Riverina region, between 1950 and 1974.
Former residents have not been compensated for the abuse they endured as many did not make formal complaints at the time.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-26/hold-for-feb-25-royal-commission-preview/5283084

Pell's new job called a 'golden parachute'

A victims' group has described Cardinal George Pell's new job at the Vatican as an "escape clause".

Cardinal Pell, who will be in charge of the Vatican's coffers from next month, has come under fire for his response to cases of historic child sex abuse by priests.
He has indicated he will appear before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse when it sits in Sydney next month.
But Nicky Davis of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says she believes Cardinal Pell will continue to evade facing up to the church's responsibility.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/02/25/17/23/pell-s-new-job-called-a-golden-parachute

Pell's new job called a 'golden parachute'

A victims' group has described Cardinal George Pell's new job at the Vatican as an "escape clause".

Cardinal Pell, who will be in charge of the Vatican's coffers from next month, has come under fire for his response to cases of historic child sex abuse by priests.
He has indicated he will appear before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse when it sits in Sydney next month.
But Nicky Davis of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says she believes Cardinal Pell will continue to evade facing up to the church's responsibility.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/02/25/17/23/pell-s-new-job-called-a-golden-parachute

Inmates at Parramatta Girls Home subjected to 'state-sanctioned rape'

Girls as young as 18 months who came into contact with the NSW child welfare authorities from the 1930s onwards were routinely tested for venereal disease and evidence of sexual activity.
If they were found, on the basis of a spurious vaginal examination, to have been sexually active, from the age of 10 upwards they could be sent to the Parramatta Girls Home where they were exposed to ''state-sanctioned rape'' perpetrated by doctors, supervising staff and other inmates.
The notorious detention centre for girls, which shut down after public outcry in 1974, is the focus of hearings for the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse starting on Wednesday.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/inmates-at-parramatta-girls-home-subjected-to-statesanctioned-rape-20140225-33fou.html

Inmates at Parramatta Girls Home subjected to 'state-sanctioned rape'

Girls as young as 18 months who came into contact with the NSW child welfare authorities from the 1930s onwards were routinely tested for venereal disease and evidence of sexual activity.
If they were found, on the basis of a spurious vaginal examination, to have been sexually active, from the age of 10 upwards they could be sent to the Parramatta Girls Home where they were exposed to ''state-sanctioned rape'' perpetrated by doctors, supervising staff and other inmates.
The notorious detention centre for girls, which shut down after public outcry in 1974, is the focus of hearings for the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse starting on Wednesday.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/inmates-at-parramatta-girls-home-subjected-to-statesanctioned-rape-20140225-33fou.html

Inquiry into NSW girls' homes opens

The royal commission into child sexual abuse is moving its attention to two institutions in NSW where young girls were detained from the 1950s.

The focus of the ongoing royal commission into child sexual abuse moves back to NSW on Wednesday, with a public hearing to examine two notorious institutions for girls.
The seventh case study undertaken by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will examine the Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and the Institution for Girls at Hay, in the state's southwest, between 1950-1974.
Children were committed to the institutions by the courts following criminal or welfare complaints.
Discipline was draconian at the Parramatta school, which was run by the NSW government, with sexual and physical abuse common and riots frequent.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/26/inquiry-nsw-girls-homes-opens

Inquiry into NSW girls' homes opens

The royal commission into child sexual abuse is moving its attention to two institutions in NSW where young girls were detained from the 1950s.

The focus of the ongoing royal commission into child sexual abuse moves back to NSW on Wednesday, with a public hearing to examine two notorious institutions for girls.
The seventh case study undertaken by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will examine the Parramatta Girls Training School in Sydney and the Institution for Girls at Hay, in the state's southwest, between 1950-1974.
Children were committed to the institutions by the courts following criminal or welfare complaints.
Discipline was draconian at the Parramatta school, which was run by the NSW government, with sexual and physical abuse common and riots frequent.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/26/inquiry-nsw-girls-homes-opens

LETTERS: Archbishop Mark Coleridge shares dismay at Church’s mishandling of child sex abuse issues.

I SHARE Madonna King’s sense that the Catholic Church as a whole is implicated in the abuse and its mishandling in Toowoomba.
It’s not enough for me or others to shrug our shoulders and say: “Well, that’s Toowoomba’s problem, not mine.”
The question of how, is one that I have grappled with for some years. As a result, I have elements of an answer to that question, but I can’t claim to have the full answer, so I’ll keep grappling.
The Church is an institution comprised of many individuals, all of whom have their own ideas of what service to the Church means. With a misguided sense of “protecting the Church”, too many have rationalised, minimalised, or ignored cases of abuse.
This has ended up aggravating immensely the suffering of those abused and further wounding the very Church they were trying to protect.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/letters-archbishop-mark-coleridge-shares-dismay-at-churchs-mishandling-of-child-sex-abuse-issues/story-fnihsr9v-1226837659765