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.
Friday, 28 November 2014
In Sydney District Court on 25 November 2014, Marist Brother John Dennis Maguire was convicted on child-sex charges. Maguire had been charged with multiple incidents of committing an act of indecency. The victim was a student at a Catholic boys' boarding school in Sydney (St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill) in the early 1980s.
A jury spent several days hearing evidence. The jury then found Maguire guilty on six of the incidents and not guilty on two other alleged incidents.
The case was heard by Judge P. Witford.
Set at the foot of Mangrove Mountain in the lush NSW Central Coast hinterland, the retreat was a place of serenity and spirituality.
Then in his early 30s and disillusioned with mainstream society, he was looking for something more and thought he had finally discovered it among the small community of yoga devotees led by a charismatic director, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.
In a report handed down in Geneva on Friday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture welcomed the work of the national royal commission into child sexual abuse.
However, the Australian government should take "all appropriate measures" to get "all evidence" from the Vatican to ensure meaningful investigations can be carried out.
The Sunday Age has obtained witness statements and tape recordings from this month’s successful prosecution of a former Bondi Yeshiva authority figure, Daniel Hayman, that indicate senior Jewish leaders failed to act on complaints of abuse and cast doubt over their public statements on the scandal.
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Angry scenes erupted in a Sydney court after an ex-Christian Brother was sentenced to at least two years in jail for indecently assaulting boys at NSW schools more than 30 years ago.
Desmond Eric Richards, 76, pleaded guilty earlier this month to abusing four boys between 1972 and 1982 in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield in Sydney's inner west.
District Court Judge Peter Zahra on Thursday sentenced him to a non-parole period of two years after imposing a maximum sentence of three years and three months for the offences.
The 76-year-old previously taught at schools run by the Christian Brothers Catholic order across NSW.
District Court judge Peter Zahra sentenced him to at least two years' jail for indecently assaulting four boys aged between 11 and 13 in the 1970s and 1980s.
The court heard the offences were committed at schools in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Sydney and at a school camp near Sydney.
Helped by Broken Rites, some of the victims of Christian Brother Desmond Eric ("Neil") Richards have achieved justice. On 27 November 2014, the Sydney District Court gave him a jail sentence of 3 years and 3 months, with a minimum of two years behind bars before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.
Catholic Church authorities had known for years about Richards' crimes but the crimes were concealed from the police (and from the public). And the Christian Brothers appointed him to be in charge of their worldwide website in Rome.
I would try to get up and run away but Thomas would catch me and hold me on the floor face down,' AOE said.
‘Get a woman, get a woman, get a woman if you can. If you can’t get a woman get a Hutchins man.’
It was a ditty that stuck in the mind of one former student, now aged 60, who has recounted to a royal commission his abuse at the hands of three Hutchins teachers.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
The UN Committee against Torture is this week expected to address the powers of Australia's child abuse royal commission, with implications for Australian-Vatican relations.
The committee will discuss its review into Australia's adherence to the convention against torture in Geneva on Friday.
Abuse survivors campaigner Nicky Davis says she hopes the UN delivers a firm ultimatum.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
For the past 25 years, his working life has revolved around the Jewish Care headquarters on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, where he has tended to the spiritual needs of palliative care patients comforted families and held religious services for residents and staff.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse yesterday heard evidence from former Tasmanian police commissioner Richard McCreadie that in 1970 the headmaster and music teacher at The Hutchins School confessed to child abuse. However, Mr McCreadie told the commission that when he went to the school to arrange for the two to be arrested he discovered they had fled the country.
David Kramer, 54, abused four boys while teaching at Yeshiva College in the early 1990s.
He was the first member of a Jewish institution in Australia to have admitted and been jailed for child sex crimes.
In July last year he was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment for what a judge described as “unforgivable” crimes.
A man known as AOA for legal reasons spent more than four decades seeking an apology and acknowledgment from The Hutchins School after suffering abuse in 1964 at the hands of then headmaster David Ralph Lawrence.
In October, a month before the commission opened a public hearing into events at the school, the head of Hutchins, Warwick Dean sent a letter to AOA.
Fairfax Media has learned that Yeshivah College's handling of the scandal, including an alleged cover-up, will be probed in a hearing scheduled for up to two-weeks in Melbourne in February.
Further painful revelations about the cases of historical abuse at Yeshivah are likely and senior members of the Jewish orthodox community will be called to give evidence, as will victims of sexual abuse.
But both men fled the country before they could be charged.
Former Tasmania Police Commissioner Richard McCreadie gave evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this morning.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse earlier today heard evidence from former Tasmanian police commissioner Richard McCreadie that in 1970 the headmaster and music teacher at Hutchins School both confessed to child abuse.
A teacher and headmaster admitted to sexually abusing a student at a Hobart boys’ school but both left Australia before they were to be arrested, a royal commission has heard.
Former Tasmania police commissioner Richard McCreadie was a sex crime detective in Hobart in 1970 when a boy aged about 16 came to his police station to make a report against staff at the Hutchins school.
Former Tasmania police commissioner Richard McCreadie was a sex crime detective in Hobart in 1970 when a boy aged about 16 came to his police station to make a report against staff at The Hutchins School.
During a later interview, then-principal David Ralph Lawrence and music teacher Ronald Thomas admitted they had molested him, Mr McCreadie said.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Tasmania's former police commissioner Richard McCreadie to appear before royal commission into child sexual abuse
A royal commission into how institutions responded to child sexual abuse is examining Hobart Hutchins School's handling of allegations of sexual abuse by staff in the 1960s, including headmaster David Lawrence, who has since died.
The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, John Harrower, fought tears as he said he knew how important it was for
victims to receive an apology.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday held a fourth day of public hearings in Hobart.
William Toppin, who ran the prestigious Hobart school between 1997 and 2007, said it was up to the board to handle the complaint, which dated back to the 1960s.
Royal commission into child sexual abuse: Dealing with abuse claims not my job, ex Hutchins headmaster says
The former principal of an elite Tasmanian boys’ school has blamed the Hobart Mercury for the school’s failure to apologise to an alleged victim of sexual assault.
An emotional John Douglas Harrower choked up on Monday as he recounted to a royal commission his 2002 advice to The Hutchins School board that they say sorry to the victim.
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Documents released to the commission outline an instruction for a member of the Hutchins staff to "hang up" on some people calling for information.
Friday, 21 November 2014
John Bednall was principal at The Hutchins School in Hobart for nine years from 1987.
During his leadership the school received a complaint from a man, known only as AOA for legal reasons, claiming to have been sexually abused while a student in 1964 by then headmaster, David Ralph Lawrence.
A Catholic priest in the Jesuit religious order, Father David Rankin, has been jailed after pleading guilty to acts of indecency on three young boys in Sydney. These offences occurred in the 1960s when Rankin was a lay teacher before he joined the priesthood. These three are not necessarily Rankin's only victims; they are merely three who took the opportunity to talk with a NSW Police detective. Broken Rites has received information about Father David Rankin SJ, from elsewhere in Australia and also overseas, while he was in the priesthood.
Lawyers for Fr Fleming have claimed, in cross-examination in a defamation trial, that the woman known as “Jenny” had a crush on their client in the 1970s and had constantly written to and telephoned him.
Paul Heywood-Smith, for Fr Fleming, suggested Jenny was not 15 years old, as had been claimed, but “17 or 18” when she followed, waited for and spied upon his client around his CBD church.
The Anglican Church should not investigate itself when it receives complaints of child sexual abuse, a bishop has told a royal commission.
Bishop Ronald Stone was assistant bishop of Hobart in the 1990s, when complaints of abuse surfaced against The Hutchins School, but said he had limited contact with the school.
Bishop Stone said he though the church should not be the responsible body for handling internal abuse complaints.
Bishop Ronald Francis Stone cannot recall receiving a report of abuse in the 1990s from a former Hutchins student who said he was abused by the school's headmaster 30 years earlier.
The headmaster of a Hobart boys' school charged with investigating a report of historic sexual abuse insists he did not try to cover up the truth.
John Bednall was principal at The Hutchins School for nine years from 1987.
During his leadership he received a complaint from a man, AOA, claiming to have been sexually abused while a student in 1964 by then headmaster, David Ralph Lawrence.
The former assistant bishop admits he may have failed to persuade Hutchins school in Hobart to apologise over sexual abuse
Thursday, 20 November 2014
It should be remembered for this achievement, as well as its much-publicised failings and internal political feuding.
The cost of the royal commission has predictably blown out, but the price tag is largely irrelevant when considering the overriding issues of justice and healing for victims.
Geoffrey Ayling, 75, said he now knew that up to eight pedophiles were employed at the school during the mid-1960s — at a time when staff numbers were usually about 16-17.
He gave evidence to a hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Hobart yesterday.
The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry did not consider allegations last year about police involvement in the church’s Professional Standards Resource Group (PSRG) between 1998 and 2005.
When one of the boys abused at St Pius X College in the Hunter region between 1975 and 1979 complained to principal Father Tom Brennan, he was yelled at and caned.
Judge Helen Syme told the Sydney District Court, where Denham faced a hearing on Thursday, this assisted the former Catholic priest in his abuse.
Child sex abuse inquiry: Ex-headmaster admits failing to question staff, pupils over paedophilia claims
Royal commission into child sexual abuse: Former Hutchins headmaster defends his handling of abuse case
Former headmaster David Lawrence and at least three teachers at Hobart's The Hutchins School abused an unknown number of children during the 1960s - including one who was made to wait more than 20 years for an apology.
The father of the Tasmanian premier told a teacher to keep quiet about alleged sexual abuse at an elite Hobart school in the 1960s, an inquiry has been told.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse heard that sexual abuse at the Hutchins school in the 1960s was common knowledge.
He said he is ready to move on with his life and intends to spend more time with his immediate and extended family.
Science teacher Geoffrey Ayling resigned from The Hutchins School in 1966 and changed careers.
"I no longer wanted to work in the school ... because of the prevalence of pedophiles among teaching staff," Mr Ayling, now 75, told a commission hearing in Hobart on Thursday.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox retires from police after sparking royal commission into child sex abuse
He feels vindicated by evidence at last month’s inquiry into police involvement with a Catholic Church child sexual abuse reporting group, and relieved to leave without disciplinary action against him over the November 2012 television interview that led to a royal commission, but ended his career.
CLAN alleges children in care were used for experiments and suffered electric shocks.
The group's Leonie Sheedy said it was important the UN acknowledged the various forms of abuse inflicted upon children in care.
Victim tells of 20-year wait for apology as Royal Commission hears of sex abuse claims at exclusive school
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday held its first day of public hearings into the exclusive boys’ school.
The witness, known by the pseudonym AOA, repeatedly fought tears as he recounted how he was repeatedly sexually abused by headmaster David
Ralph Lawrence during private French tutoring in the mid-1960s.
Upon receiving the letter, Francis reportedly telephoned the victim on Aug. 10. In Spanish media accounts, the victim is identified as “Daniel”; his real name has been withheld for privacy reasons.
An ex-priest from Moree/Armidale NSW admits some charges, and now he will face a trial on some additional charges
This Broken Rites article is an update about a former Catholic priest (from Armidale and Moree in northern New South Wales), who is facing 76 child-abuse charges. The priest, whose name (for legal reasons) cannot be published at this stage, has already pleaded "Guilty" to 45 of the 76 charges, and he will eventually be sentenced on those 45 charges. Meanwhile, he is contesting the additional charges and therefore on 18 November 2014 a magistrate ordered the ex-priest to face a trial in 2015 on some of these additional charges.
In the shadow of Black Tuesday in 1967, sexual abuse began for a Year 6 student at Hobart's elite Hutchins boys' school, a royal commission has been told.
Now aged 60 and giving evidence under the pseudonym AOE, the man has told how music teacher Ron Thomas touched and rubbed against him while the pair sat at a piano.
Now aged 65 and identified only as AOA during a sex abuse royal commission hearing in Hobart, the man was a child victim of David Ralph Lawrence, the headmaster of The Hutchins School in the 1960s.
Mr Lawrence has since died.
"I was young and was not too sure about what was happening, but it was kind of pleasant and embarrassing at the same time," AOA said in evidence on Wednesday of his abuse at the hands of Lawrence.
Sitting in Tasmania for the first time, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told the Hutchins School initially denied of a former student's plea for an apology.
The allegations, and complaints of cover-up and stonewalling by the Anglican school, were detailed during a hearing earlier today of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
In a committal hearing yesterday afternoon, Magistrate Karen Stafford ruled there was significant evidence for a jury to convict the defrocked priest of an indictable offence.
The hearing related to three counts of sexual assault of a person under 16-years-of-age and brought five witnesses before the Armidale Local Court.
The witness list included an alleged victim, his mother and a detective senior constable.
Tasmania is the last state or territory in Australia to have a public hearing held by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The man, known as TW for legal reasons, was committed for trial at Newcastle on charges of sexually abusing six boys.
Broken Rites has helped to obtain justice for victims of a paedophile Catholic priest, Father John Sidney Denham.
- In Sydney on 2 July 2010, this priest was sentenced to a long jail term after getting away with his crimes for four decades.
- In 2013, Denham pleaded guilty to further crimes (on more victims), and he will receive even more time in jail for these crimes. He is due to be sentenced, for these additional crimes, in Sydney's Downing Centre district court in late November 2014 (case numbers 201100382572 and 201200211543).
The conduct of Reverend Trevor Leggott, general director of Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM) was roundly criticised on Monday by two barristers representing people who were horribly abused at the Retta Dixon home for Aboriginal children in the 1960s and 70s.
Monday, 17 November 2014
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard evidence a series of failures by police and the Northern Territory Director of Public Prosecutions led to cases against pedophile Donald Henderson being dropped.
The milestone is seen as important because Tasmania is the only remaining state or territory the commission has not heard from on the public record.
The inquiry will centre on historical allegations made about the exclusive all-male Hutchins School.
Commissioners Jennifer Coate and Andrew Murray will examine the handling of claims against former headmaster David Lawrence and teacher Lyndon Hickman at the boarding school during the 1960s.
Traumatised victims of Eden Park boys home abuse say the Salvation Army should increase compensation
The depravity and violence exacted upon former residents of the home led to a class action launched in 2007, in which 60 former Eden Park boys were eventually given civil payouts.
However, many victims and the lawyer who handled the cases now say the Salvation Army should have paid more compensation.
It was a disgraceful failure of the Northern Territory legal system that a paedophile escaped being tried for sexually abusing a five-year-old girl, a solicitor has told the child sex abuse inquiry.
Mark Thomas, representing the Rev Trevor Leggott, who heads Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM), said that what happened to children at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin in the 1960s and 70s was “short of killing them, the worst possible example of abuse of a child”.
MARK Thomas representing Reverend Trevor Leggott, who heads Australian Indigenous Ministries, said that what happened to children at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin in the 1960s and 70s was "short of killing them, the worst possible example of abuse of a child".
Sunday, 16 November 2014
The milestone is seen as important because Tasmania is the only remaining state or territory the commission has not heard from on the public record.
Analysis of the Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) professional support line has found that almost 100 people are coming forward each week with the majority of them aged over 40.
The study of 4000 callers found the most common age for abuse to occur was between 6-10 years of age, but the majority of callers seeking help were aged between 40-49 years old.
Oral submissions relating to the Retta Dixon home in Darwin will be made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse sitting in Sydney.
ORAL submissions relating to the Retta Dixon home in Darwin will be made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse sitting in Sydney.
Monday's hearing follows a full inquiry in September where evidence was given of the harrowing treatment of Aboriginal children at the home run by an interdenominational faith group now known as Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM).
Analysis of the Adults Surviving Child Abuse professional support line has found that almost 100 people are coming forward each week with the majority of them aged over 40.
The study of 4000 callers found the most common age for abuse to occur was between six and 10 years of age, but the majority of callers seeking help were aged between 40 and 49 years old.
He says he was treated unfairly and deprived of natural justice by the late Pope Benedict who had a "closed door approach" during a private meeting in Rome.
"I experienced a monologue, there was definitely no dialogue," Bishop Morris said from Brisbane on Sunday.
While the burgeoning atheist movement loves throwing conferences and selling books, a huge chunk–possibly most–of its resources go toward the Internet. This isn’t borne out of laziness or a hostility to wearing pants so much as a belief that the Internet is uniquely positioned as the perfect tool for sharing arguments against religion with believers who are experiencing doubts. It’s searchable, it allows back-and-forth debate, and it makes proving your arguments through links much easier. Above all else, it’s private. An online search on atheism is much easier to hide than, say, a copy of The God Delusion on your nightstand.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
This victim of Tadhg Ó Dálaigh, aged 71, of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, and another victim of the priest both told yesterday of attempting suicide as a result of feelings of self-loathing after the sexual abuse.
Friday, 14 November 2014
Michael Cashion SC and junior counsel Steven Woods both agree they withheld information about 16 key witnesses, but believe they behaved appropriately.
The sex abuse royal commission is looking at how the NSW Crown Solicitors Officer (CSO) and the Department of Community Services (DOCS) defended a civil case brought in 2008 by 15 Aboriginal women who were physically and sexually abused at the Bethcar foster home in remote Brewarrina in the 1970s and 80s.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Barristers Michael Cashion and Steven Woods were retained by the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office in 2012 to argue for the dismissal of a civil claim brought by former residents of Bethcar, a foster home for Aboriginal children in Brewarrina in remote NSW.
The public hearing commenced on Wednesday 22 October and is inquiring into the responses of the State to complaints made and litigation instituted by former residents of Bethcar Children’s Home, Brewarrina, New South Wales.
The public hearing commenced in Darwin on Monday 22 September and inquired into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children at the Retta Dixon Home.
Findings of the parliamentary inquiry revealed a cover-up that killed in religious and other non-government organisations in Victoria. Heinous crimes were exposed, blighted lives acknowledged and remedies agreed across the political divide.
The announcement came as part of a range of measures to help support survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in response to the Royal Commission.
It was welcomed by the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project team and Parragirls who have been working to establish the former girls home as a place of memory.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
The 75-year-old Brother was arrested on 10 November 2014 at a residence for Christian Brothers in southern New South Wales.
Detectives from Northern Beaches Police Command in Sydney executed a search warrant of his residence and seized documents and computers that are now undergoing further examination.
Included in the measures are 18 Guiding Principles for NSW Agencies that map out how to respond to civil claims.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
The committee meeting in Geneva this week is considering Australia's fourth report on human rights and the country's implementation of the Convention against Torture.
The commission yesterday announced a public inquiry into the response of Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by its former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
The commission will investigate the response of the Mangrove Mountain Satyananda yoga ashram to child sexual abuse allegations against its spiritual founder Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, who was charged, convicted and jailed in the late 1980s but had the convictions overturned on appeal.
It will hear evidence about how the ashram responded to the allegations or reports of child sexual abuse against the swami between 1974 and 2014.
British archbishop who claimed diplomatic immunity to avoid handing documents to paedophile investigators is promoted to third highest role in Vatican by the Pope
Refused to hand over documents on two priests who abused 100 children
He was asked about Father Denis McAlinden as Church was aware of crimes
Also requested to give evidence about paedophile Father James Fletcher
But cited diplomatic immunity to avoid handing in response to requests
A British archbishop, appointed by Pope Francis as his new foreign minister, claimed diplomatic immunity to avoid handing over Vatican documents to prosecutors investigating two paedophile priests.
The public hearing will inquire 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.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is 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 church kept quiet about Brother Neil Richards' crimes but now he is locked up, awaiting his sentence
Brother "Neil" Richards has spent more than half a century as a Christian Brother, including as a headmaster, in Catholic schools in Sydney and regional New South Wales. When Desmond Eric Richards joined the order, a new Brother would normally adopt a new forename. Hence, he became Brother "Neil" Richards.
In May the United Nations Committee Against Torture criticised the Vatican's representative in Australia Archbishop Paul Gallagher for claiming diplomatic immunity in refusing to hand over documents.
Royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse targets former religious guru of Mangrove Mountain ashram
The commission has today announced that it will hold a public inquiry into the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by the ashram’s former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.
Swami Akhandananda Saraswati was charged in 1987 with more than 35 sex offences against four girls after police were called to the ashram.
A UN committee has asked the Australian government to explain its response when Cardinal George Pell backed a Vatican refusal to hand over documents to the child abuse royal commission.
The committee meeting in Geneva this week is considering Australia's fourth report on human rights and the country's implementation of the Convention against Torture.
It has received several submissions from non-government organisations in Australia including two from networks representing survivors of institutional and clerical child abuse.
Geneva members of the Committee Against Torture raised the issue of Cardinal Pell's defence of a Vatican decision not to hand over all documents relating to child sex abuse by clerics in Australia.
Monday, 10 November 2014
No criminal charges were ever laid against 11 men who allegedly raped and bashed girls in two NSW-run institutions, a federal inquiry says.
In a report to the federal government on Monday, the royal commission into child sexual abuse names the men who allegedly perpetrated repeated acts of brutality against children in the 1960s and 70s at the notorious Parramatta Girls Training School and Hay Institution.
Eight of the alleged abusers are now dead, but three - Noel Greenway, Ronald Ward and Frank Valentine - are still living, the report says.
"However, our inquiries suggest that not one of these men was ever charged with a criminal offence."
Survivors Network of Those Abused by PriestsTHE FAILURES OF AUSTRALIA TO PROTECT AGAINST AND PROVIDE REDRESS FOR THE SYSTEMIC SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND COVER-UP BY CATHOLIC CLERGY AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL OFFICIALSFor Immediate Release Monday Nov 10, 2014Statement by Nicky Davis of SNAP Australia (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) +61 0422 538 440The UN Committee Against Torture, meeting in Geneva this week, questioned Australian Government officials. They want answers regarding Cardinal George Pell's refusal to hand over documents about child sex crimes by Catholic officials, to the Royal Commission.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
THE FAILURES OF AUSTRALIA TO PROTECT AGAINST AND PROVIDE REDRESS FOR THE SYSTEMIC SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND COVER-UP BY CATHOLIC CLERGY AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL OFFICIALS
Shadow Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture In Connection with its Review of Australia
53rd Session, November 2014
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This report is submitted by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests – Australia (SNAP) which has provided support to and sought justice and healing for Australian survivors of clergy sexual abuse for the past five years. SNAP Australia is part of an international network that was founded 25 years ago by a small group of survivors of rape and sexual violence committed by clergy within the Catholic Church. Today, the Network has over 20,000 members in 79 countries with support groups in 65 cities.
In May, investigators from Northern Beaches Local Area Command received information about alleged indecent assault matters involving five boys and commenced an investigation.
Officers will allege that the offences occurred between 1973 and 1976, at schools in Manly and Goulburn.
About 9am today (Monday 10 November 2014), officers attended a home in Cootamundra and arrested a 75-year-old man.
AUSTRALIAN Olympic Committee President John Coates said the move was sparked by revelations at the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
"I want us to try and set the highest standard possible here in protecting athletes," he said. Mr Coates has consulted with British and US counterparts on the issue of child abuse in elite sport and praised their vigorous policies. Australia was looking at similar policies.
Concerned by the revelations at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, the President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) John Coates has introduced the policy “to protect all members of our Olympic Teams and create a child safe environment”.
“In order to properly safeguard our athletes and uphold the behavioural standards required of an Australian Olympic Team member, Working with Children checks are mandatory.”
Former St Mary's parish priest father Alastair Aidan Kay, 71, appeared in the Blenheim District Court this morning for sentencing on the charge against a male over 16, which he admitted in September.
His lawyer, Rob Harrison, argued the offending had been at the lower end of the scale, despite being a "gross breach of trust".
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Mark Johnston spent nearly a year trying to get a fair settlement for a man who had allegedly been repeatedly abused by a Christian Brother at Edmund Rice College.
No criminal charges have ever been laid against the brother over the alleged abuse.
Friday, 7 November 2014
No-one is doubting the need for the inquiry, though, as hours upon hours of heart-rending testimony from victims has proved.
But it’s hard to imagine anyone walking away from the whole harrowing process feeling good about it.
It’s to be hoped that victims will take some solace from the fact their cries for help are
finally being heard but, in too many cases, it has come far too late.
Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan was in Bathurst yesterday to speak with a group of 40 local church officials including Bishop Michael McKenna, priests and representatives from Catholic welfare and health organisations about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the church’s response to it.
The child sex abuse inquiry has also been advised by its chief counsel to find the swimming body did not follow its own mandatory screening policy by not asking Volkers about his suitability to work with children.
Counsel assisting Gail Furness said that before employing Volkers as head coach, Swimming Australia knew he was the subject of sex abuse allegations from three former students in the 1980s.
In a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Volkers' legal team said their intention was to "dissuade" the royal commission from recommending that the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions reconsider a 2004 decision not to prosecute the coach.
Gregory Allan Cain’s seven-year employment at the school as a sports and physical education teacher was terminated in August 1992 after allegations emerged he had sexually and indecently assaulted a 15-year-old student a few months earlier.
Cain avoided jail at the time, instead being ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.
Brother Richards (aged 75 when he appeared in court) had a long career as a Christian Brother, including as a headmaster, in Catholic schools in New South Wales. He was charged under his birth name, Desmond Eric Richards.
The court was told that, after the boys had been sexually assaulted by Brother Richards, they were regularly beaten with a strap.
Desmond Eric Richards had his bail revoked at the Downing Centre District Court on Friday ahead of his sentencing on November 27.
The 75-year-old has pleaded guilty to abusing four boys between 1972 and 1982 in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield in Sydney's inner west.
Although the court was told that Richards claimed to have no memory of the incidents, the former brother had said he was "very concerned" about the impact his behaviour has had.
He spent the later years of his career at the Vatican, but was arrested when he visited Australia a year ago.
Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting four boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
The offences included touching a boy's genitals, and on one occasion he got into a boy's bed on a school camp at Arcadia in north-west Sydney.
Ex- Christian Brothers headmaster Desmond Richards taken into custody pending likely jail term for assaulting boys
Desmond Eric Richards, also known as Brother Neil Richards, pleaded guilty this year to assaulting four young boys aged between 11 and 13 while working at Christian Brothers schools in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield.
During a sentencing hearing on Friday, the District Court heard that, after assaulting the boys, Richards, now 75, whipped them repeatedly with a strap.