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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
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Let us tell them

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Over 7,000 babies died in state-run hell holes

 Shock new figures reveal 1 in 4 infants did not survive
 More than 7,000 babies and children died in Ireland’s mother and baby homes during the last century, new documents reveal.
But the real figure is likely to be much higher as records do not include miscarriages or stillbirths.
In some cases, babies who survived only a few hours were wrongly registered as stillborns to avoid registering the birth and the death.


Tasmanian schools, churches could pay $72m in compensation to victims of sexual abuse

Some Tasmanian schools, churches and charities will be required to pay $72 million to victims of sexual abuse under a proposed compensation scheme.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a consultation paper on redress and civil litigation.
The commission estimates non-government institutions in Tasmania will be liable for up to $72 million to pay for counselling and psychological care, as well as direct payments to victims.


Abuse royal commission and compensation

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published an example of a redress scheme for people abused as children.

* The commission is not yet making recommendations but has employed an actuarial firm to model costs of a scheme covering 65,000 claimants receiving average payments of $65,000, where governments pay not only for the abuse committed in their institutions but become "funders of last resort".
This means governments pay extra to cover abuse survivors from institutions that no longer exist or are too poor to make a contribution.


Clergy sex abuse survivor calls for long-term help

A BALLARAT clergy sexual abuse survivor has called for ongoing compensation, rather than a lump sum payment, as part of any proposed redress scheme.
Survivor Andrew Collins said local victims statistically had higher rates of ongoing medical issues linked to their abuse, and not just restricted to mental health problems.
“Their whole standard of life has been compromised. Many of them have been stuck on the pension for years,” Mr Collins said.


Friday, 30 January 2015

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 2 February 2015.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The response of the Yeshivah Centre and the Yeshivah College in Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse made against David Cyprys, David Kramer and Aaron Kestecher.
  2. The response of the Yeshiva Centre and the Yeshiva College Bondi to allegations of child sexual abuse made against Daniel Hayman.
  3. The systems, policies, practices and procedures for the reporting of and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse of:
    1. Yeshivah Centre,
    2. Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Colleges,
    3. The Yeshiva Centre - Chabad NSW, and
    4. Yeshiva College Bondi.
  4. Any other related matters.

Royal Commission releases consultation paper on redress and civil litigation

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, has launched a consultation paper on redress and civil litigation in Sydney today.
Justice McClellan said the Royal Commission’s terms of reference require it to make recommendations in relation to ensuring justice for victims through the provision of redress by institutions.


Big gaps in redress schemes

Cornelia Rau received almost $3 million from the federal government in 2005 because she had been unlawfully locked up in a detention centre for 10 months.
That payout has abuse survivors support group Care Leavers Australia Network wondering about equity in any system backed by governments and institutions, which may recommend maximum payments between $100,000 and $200,000.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse launched a consultation paper on redress on Friday.
The commission outlined models for a scheme that would cost more than $4 billion over 10 years, with an average payment of $65,000 for 65,000 assumed claimants.


Child sexual abuse royal commission: Consultation paper predicts national redress scheme for victims would exceed $4 billion

The total cost of a national compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse would exceed $4 billion, according to a consultation paper released by the royal commission.
The commission has today released a consultation paper inviting community input on the issue of redress and civil litigation.
It said that many people would prefer a single national redress scheme to be administered by the Australian Government, with institutions contributing to the funding of the scheme based on their responsibility to individual survivors.


State laws examined in abuse paper

A consultation paper launched by the federal child sex abuse royal commission looks at who is a proper defendant when it comes to being sued.

The child sexual abuse royal commission suggests it may be appropriate to amend state and territory laws so the property trusts of churches and religious bodies can be sued for abuse.
In a consultation paper on redress and civil litigation launched on Friday the commission looks at who is a proper defendant when it comes to being sued.
Last year it heard one of the most famous cases in this sphere when it examined the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney's legal response to abuse survivor John Ellis.
Mr Ellis failed in his attempt to sue the diocesan trust when a court ruled it could not be held liable.
Cardinal George Pell defended the finding as confirming an existing law and since then church entities use the Ellis defence to deter abuse victims from going to court.


Law changes on abuse needed

A national inquiry wants governments to consider changing or removing laws on limitation periods for people making allegations of criminal child sexual abuse.
Limitation periods are the time limits within which legal proceedings must be started if someone claims personal injury damages, and every state and territory has a different statute of limitations.


$4 billion needed for abuse victims

The child sex abuse royal commission has launched a consultation paper which could lay the ground for a $4 billion victims compensation scheme.

States and territories might have to pay almost half of a $4 billion national compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse.
In a landmark consultation paper launched on Friday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse outlined models for a compensation scheme that would exceed $4 billion across a 10-year period.
In one model governments would be "funders of last resort" - paying survivors when an institution no longer existed or could not afford to pay.
This would see states and territories paying $582 million above what they were liable for because of abuse in state-run institutions.


Child sexual abuse survivors praise commission's compensation proposal

Justice Peter McClellan ‘gets it’, victim advocates say, as the chair of the royal commission opens the conversation about compensation and other restitution
 Former prime minister Julia Gillard “chose the right man for the job” when she appointed Justice Peter McClellan to chair the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, victim advocates say.
Responding to the release on Friday of the commission’s consultation paper on a redress scheme for victims, the chief executive of the Care Leavers of Australia Network (Clan), Leonie Sheedy, said it showed McClellan had listened to them.


Royal commission advises $4.4bn scheme for sex abuse redress

THE “ideal” redress scheme for victims of child sex abuse, which would include an estimated $4.4 billion of financial compensation, is a national scheme led by the Australian government but including all jurisdictions and non-government institutions, according to the national royal commission.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse released a consultation paper this morning which will serve as the scaffold on which it builds a redress scheme for tens of thousands of victims and will begin a hearing at 9.30am investigating the possibilities.


Royal commission: $4.3 billion is cost of redress to victims of child sex abuse

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has estimated 65,000 victims will receive an average payment of $65,000, almost half of which will be paid by government.
It would cost $4.3 billion over 10 years to provide redress to the 65,000 victims of child sex abuse in Australia, the royal commission says, with government footing nearly half the bill.

The explosive figures were contained in the commission's redress and civil litigation consultation paper released on Friday in Sydney.

The paper considers a range of options for assisting child sex abuse victims to "heal and live a productive and fulfilled life", including national and state-based redress schemes.

In reaching its headline figures, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse assumed an average payment of $65,000 for each victim.


Consultation Paper: Redress and Civil Litigation

The Royal Commission is seeking community input into its consultation paper on redress and civil litigation. You are invited to have your say on the consultation paper via written submission or by commenting on our online feedback form.
Formal written submissions to this consultation paper will be published on our website unless the person making the submission requests that it not be made public or the Royal Commission considers it should not be made public.


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Yeshivah police target declares it OK to kill Jews who report abuse

The man's extreme views were posted online in a discussion about Mesirah, the Jewish law that forbids a Jew from informing on another.

A Melbourne man wanted by police for questioning over an alleged sex offence at St Kilda's Yeshivah centre wrote on an internet blog that it is acceptable to kill a Jew who reports another to secular authorities.
The man, who Fairfax Media has chosen to not to name, made his comments on an internet blog allegedly associated with prominent figures from Melbourne's Orthodox Jewish community.


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Case Study 22, February 2015, Melbourne

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 2 February 2015. The hearing will examine the response of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Live streaming times

The public hearing will be streamed live via this website between 10am and 4pm (AEDT), with the following break: 12:00pm – 12:30pm.
Join us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.
Please be aware that the content of the public hearings can be distressing for viewers. Visit support services to find services near you, or for immediate support call the Royal Commission on 1800 099 340 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.


The hearing will be held at: County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne 3000.


Rabbis respond to Fairfax quotes

The Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia (ORA) is deeply concerned about comments attributed to criminal lawyer Alex Lewenberg which have appeared in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers.
(“Jewish sex abuse victims pressured” 28/01/15).

The Fairfax Media reports that a legally made recording of a telephone conversation between Lewenberg and Melbourne convicted sex offender David Cyprys is told that he should not have co-operated with police.


The man who doesn't exist: Paul Graham's 75 year fight for his identity after birth in Bethany Home left him a "citizen of nowhere."

The 75-year-old was born in Dublin mother and baby home and raised in Belfast but governments on both sides of border refuse to acknowledge he exists.

A survivor of the Bethany Home has said he has been left a “citizen of nowhere” after a decades long search for his identity.
Paul Graham, 75, was born in the Dublin mother and baby home and raised in Belfast, but governments on both sides of the border have refused to acknowledge he exists.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Spanish judge charges 10 Catholic priests with child sexual abuse

(Reuters) - Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sexual abuse on Tuesday, in a case brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the Church's apology, court documents showed.
The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope to say he had been molested when he was an altar boy. The pope called the man in August to apologize, Spanish news site Religion Digital reported in November, a report later confirmed by the pope himself.


Jewish sex abuse victims pressured not to assist police, secret tapes and emails reveal

New allegations of sexual abuse cover ups in Jewish community.Barrister Alex Lewenberg expresses disappointment at sex abuse victim's co-operation with police.Members of Australia's Orthodox Jewish community who assist police investigating alleged child sexual abuse have been pressured to stay silent, secret tape recordings and emails obtained by Fairfax Media reveal.


Monday, 26 January 2015

Police apology call over abuse inaction

An organisation representing people abused as children in group homes and orphanages wants police commissioners across Australia to apologise for not acting when children revealed crimes.
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) says there is growing evidence that children suffering abuse and mistreatment were disbelieved, humiliated, put into prison cells, assaulted by police and returned back to the perpetrators and abusers with no investigations undertaken.


Jewish schools face commission scrutiny

Jewish communities in Sydney and Melbourne are about to have the child sex abuse royal commission spotlight turned on them.

On February 2 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a public hearing into Yeshivah Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne.

It will be the first time a Jewish institution has examined by the commission which will look at the response of the two centres to allegations of sex abuse against staff members.

The Yeshivah Centre and the Yeshivah College in Melbourne will be asked how they handled complaints against David Cyprys, David Kramer and Aaron Kestecher.


Catholic Bishop expresses sadness as court doubles Denham's jail sentence

The Catholic Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle has expressed sadness in relation to sex abuse committed by a priest, deemed one of Australia's worst paedophiles.
On Friday, 73-year-old defrocked priest John Sidney Denham had 13 years added to his jail sentence for the abuse of an additional 18 boys, mainly at Newcastle's St Pius High School.
In 2010 he was sentenced to 14 years jail for the abuse of 40 boys.
In a statement, Bishop Bill Wright said the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle "continues to be saddened by the terrible harm that he inflicted on so many innocent lives".


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Priest snubs judge's accusations of knowledge

RETIRED Catholic priest Ron Pickin has denied being part of ‘‘an organised criminal activity’’ within the Church in the 1970s and 1980s that protected sadistic predator priest John Denham.
Father Pickin, 81, said Denham was ‘‘a crook’’, but denied knowing he sexually abused boys, denied watching Denham sexually abuse a boy or boys, and said Sydney District Court Judge Helen Syme was wrong to say he was actively or tacitly complicit in those crimes.


O'Toole backs removal of litigation time limits in sexual abuse cases

Maitland survivors of child sexual abuse are being urged to have their say on whether to remove or lift the legal time limit to sue for damages.
NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said the NSW government has released a discussion paper on whether to amend the Limitation Act 1969 as part of its response to the inquiries into child abuse in religious, non-government and government organisations.
“The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has uncovered widespread claims of abuse and the legal barriers survivors face in pursuing justice many years after the event,” Mr Hazzard said.


Royal Commission Hearings Into Alleged Chabad Child Sex Abuse Coverups To Be Streamed Live

The hearings begin in Melbourne on Monday, February 2, and will last up to two weeks. They will be streamed live each day from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Age reports:
Police have been swamped with reports of child sex abuse following evidence given in public hearings, as well as stories told in numerous private sessions.

Commissioners investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse have reported more than 480 cases to police forces across the country since hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began in 2013.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sex abuse inquiry puts spotlight on yeshivas

Orthodox Jewish communities in Sydney and Melbourne are bracing themselves for royal commission hearings into how yeshivas dealt with child sex abuse.
Police have been swamped with reports of child sex abuse following evidence given in public hearings, as well as stories told in numerous private sessions.
Commissioners investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse have reported more than 480 cases to police forces across the country since hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began in 2013.


Friday, 23 January 2015

Public consultation - redress and civil litigation

The Royal Commission is launching a public consultation paper on redress and civil litigation at a public hearing in Sydney on 30 January 2015 at 9.30am.
At the public hearing, the Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan will outline key issues for consideration in the provision of redress and civil litigation for survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions.
The public hearing will commence at 9.30am. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend the public hearing in person:  Level 17 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place Sydney or watch live via the Royal Commission’s website.


‘Sadistic’ paedophile priest jailed

A paedophile priest who abused a “staggering” number of boys has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in a Sydney court today.
John Sidney Denham, 73, who treated schools as a “paedophilic smorgasbord”, had already been jailed for at least 14 years in 2010 for his “sadistic” sexual assault of boys as young as five.
But on Friday Judge Helen Syme sentenced him to at least another 13 years for the abuse of another 18 boys, describing his crimes as some of the worst the courts have ever seen.
“As the crown rhetorically asks, `How much worse does it get?'” she stated.


Abuse compensation priority for commission

When Western Australia halved the compensation payout for children abused in state care Premier Colin Barnett received half a Christmas card from a survivor.
It was an ironic "thank you" on behalf of thousands of people still suffering the effects of what happened to them as children.
Next week the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is expected to reveal its thinking on how people should be compensated for physical, sexual and psychological damage inflicted in organisations where children should have been safe.
The commission is prioritising redress because many abuse survivors are old and ageing.
A public hearing in March will follow the commission's consultation paper next week and final recommendations will go to the federal government in June-July.


Catholic priest John Sidney Denham treated schools like ‘paedophilic smorgasbord’

A Catholic priest who treated schools as a “paedophilic smorgasbord” will spend at least another 13 years in jail after being sentenced for systematically abusing dozens of vulnerable boys.
John Sidney Denham, 73, had already been jailed for at least 14 years in 2010 for his “sadistic” sexual assault of boys as young as five.
But yesterday in the District Court in Sydney, Judge Helen Syme sentenced him to at least another 13 years for the abuse of another 18 boys — describing his crimes as some of the worst the courts have ever seen.
“As the crown rhetorically asks, ‘How much worse does it get?’,” she said.


Priest John Sidney Denham sentenced to another 13 years jail for sexual abuse of boys

A "sadistic" paedophile priest who repeatedly abused more than 50 young boys in the Newcastle region while being protected by two fellow priests has been sentenced to a further 13 years jail.
John Sidney Denham used his position as a parish priest and a teacher at St Pius X Catholic School at Adamstown to repeatedly assault, rape or molest at least 57 young boys without interruption for 18 years.
In the Downing Centre District Court on Friday the 73-year-old was sentenced for 48 of these offences, having already been sentenced to at least 13 years' jail for the other nine offences.
With a partial accumulation of the sentences he now will spend 19 years and five months behind bars.


Broken Rites helped victims of Father John Denham to gain justice

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.
  • On 23 January 2015, Denham was sentenced to more time in jail after more of his earlier victims contacted the police.
Denham committed his crimes under the noses of his superiors and colleagues, while these people looked the other way.
The church recruited Denham as a trainee priest in the late 1960s and, according to statements made in court, some of his child-sex crimes were committed during his period of training.


Royal Commission to examine child abuse at Knox Grammar and Uniting Church

THE headmaster of an exclusive Sydney private school which will come under the gaze of the sex abuse royal commission has welcomed the opportunity to work with the national inquiry.
The royal commission announced on Thursday it will next month begin a hearing involving the Wahroonga-based Knox Grammar school and the Uniting Church in Australia between 1970 and 2012.
It relates to concerns raised about inappropriate conduct by a number of teachers towards students at Knox.


Abuse solicitor welcomes potential statute of limitations removal

A Newcastle solicitor specialising in compensation for survivors of child sexual abuse says he would welcome the removal of the statute of limitations on historic abuse claims.
In New South Wales, victims of child sexual abuse typically have between three and 12 years to sue for damages, but the government is considering extending or scrapping the time limit.


Paper on abuse payouts anticipated

Thousands of people who suffered sex abuse as children in institutions across Australia are likely to know by the end of next week whether a national compensation scheme is on the cards.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is expected to publish a consultation paper on redress by next Friday.


NSW may extend time limit on child sex abuse claims

Royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has shown survivors do not disclose or act on their experience until decades after abuse

The NSW government is considering lifting the time limit in which survivors of child sexual abuse can sue for damages.
The NSW attorney general Brad Hazzard said the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse had uncovered widespread claims about abuse and the legal barriers survivors face in pursuing justice many years after the crime.


NSW reviews time limit on child sexual abuse claims

The New South Wales Government is considering removing a time limit on legal claims being lodged by victims of child sexual abuse.
Under existing laws, victims of child sexual abuse in NSW typically have between three and 12 years to sue for damages in a civil court before the statute of limitations can be used to block their claims.
But Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had highlighted the trauma this causes victims, who often taken years to work up the courage to come forward.


Call for no limits on child sex victims to sue as thousands await news of compensation

THE NSW government is considering lifting the time limit in which survivors of child sexual abuse can sue for damages.
Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had uncovered widespread claims about abuse and the legal barriers survivors face in pursuing justice many years after the crime.
“It is well documented that many survivors of child sexual abuse do not disclose their experiences or act on them until decades after the abuse, well after the time period has ended,” Mr Hazzard said today.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Exalted private school next in child-abuse commission’s sights

CHILD abuse committed at Sydney’s prestigious Knox Grammar School is being investigated by the national royal commission, with public hearings due to take place in the city next month.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announced yesterday that it is investigating the school’s response “to concerns raised about inappropriate conduct by a number of teachers” between­ 1970 and 2012.


Paper on abuse payouts anticipated

Thousands of people who suffered sex abuse as children in institutions across Australia are likely to know by the end of next week whether a national compensation scheme is on the cards.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is expected to publish a consultation paper on redress by next Friday.
The paper, anticipated not only by abuse survivors but by churches, governments and non-government bodies who had responsibility for the care of children, will give some indication of how the commission is leaning before it makes its final recommendations on compensation in June or July this year.


A 92-year-old Sydney priest is charged with buggery of a child in 1970s

A Catholic priest, Father Theodore Arrivoli (now aged 92), who has ministered in many parishes around the Sydney region during the past 60 years, was charged in court on 15 January 2015 regarding alleged sexual assaults of two children near Sydney 40 years ago. The alleged offences include buggery.
This court hearing was a "first mention" procedure, with a magistrate in the Penrith Local Court, north-west of Sydney. This was a brief administrative process for the charges to be officially filed in court. Father Arrivoli has not yet been required to indicate how he will plead in answer to the charges.


Exclusive private school Knox new focus of child sex abuse royal commission

ONE of Sydney’s most prestigious private boys schools, Knox Grammar, will be the focus of the child sex abuse royal commission’s next public inquiry.
The latest blow to the exclusive school’s reputation comes after a number of teachers from Knox have faced the courts charged with molesting young boys.
A court was told that one of the housemasters had continued teaching there for more than 20 years after school authorities discovered he had shown boys pornographic videos.


Royal Commission to publicly examine Sydney private school Knox Grammar over child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse at the exclusive Sydney private school, Knox Grammar, will be publicly investigated by the Royal Commission next month.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse announced on Thursday that it would conduct a wide ranging public hearing into how the school, located in Wahroonga on Sydney's upper north shore, had responded to inappropriate conduct by teachers towards students between 1970 to 2012.


Knox Grammar abuse allegations to be investigated

Child sex abuse royal commission will hold public hearing into actions taken by Sydney school and Uniting church when made aware of allegations
 The child sex abuse royal commission will publicly examine more than four decades of allegations and acts of child sexual abuse by teachers at prestigious Sydney private school Knox Grammar.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Marist Brother in court on sex-assault charges

A Marist Brother is facing criminal court proceedings in Sydney in 2015, charged with having committed sexual offences against a 16-year-old schoolboy in Auburn in Sydney's inner-west in 1974.
The case was listed for the first time in Burwood Local Court on 20 January 2015. This was a brief administrative procedure for the charges to be officially filed in court.
The case will come up again soon for a further brief mention to consider the next step in the judicial process. The main proceedings would be held on a later date.


Priest pleads guilty re offences in western Sydney parishes

A former Catholic priest of the Sydney archdiocese, Father Robert Flaherty, now aged 71, has pleaded guilty regarding sexual offences against two children dating back to the 1970s.
In 2013, Flaherty was charged regarding three boys. Court documents stated that the alleged victims, who were boys aged between 11 and 15, lived in parishes in which Father Flaherty worked in western Sydney. The offences were alleged to have occurred between 1971 and 1982 in western Sydney or during visits to a holiday house in the Shoalhaven area, south of Sydney.
The three alleged victims, now in their 50s, were each members of Father Flaherty’s former parishes at Blacktown, St Marys and Richmond (all to the west of Sydney).


Mowerman cuts into the horror of child sex abuse

The shocking statistics on domestic violence are well documented; on average, one woman dies a week at the hand of their partner or husband.
But it doesn’t take much to extrapolate that to violence against children, whether sexual or not.
Advocacy group Bravehearts says that since the announcement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last November, the organisation alone has experienced a 350 per cent spike – or almost 400 calls per week – to their crisis line.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Rome--Pope will speak at United Nations

Pope will speak @ United Nations; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 19
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 312 399 4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org)
Pope Francis confirmed today that he'll speak to the United Nations in NYC later this year.
When he does, we urge him to directly address the two UN panel reports that are highly critical of how top Catholic officials still endanger kids, move predators and maintain secrecy around clergy sex crimes.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

This priest assaulted girls — and the church kept giving him more victims

Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission has been told how the Catholic Church allowed a priest, Father Martin Newbold, to commit sex-crimes against young girls. The church concealed his crimes from the police and transferred him from one Australian state to another to protect him. Thus the church inflicted this criminal on more victims in new parishes.
Broken Rites has ascertained that Father Martin Newbold (real name Thomas Parker Newbold) was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1928. In his teens he was recruited as a priest for Western Australia's Perth diocese and he was ordained as a priest on 28 July 1951, aged 23, using the name Father "Martin" Newbold.


Royal commission to investigate children abused in foster care

Public hearings to begin in Sydney in March into the abuse of children who were placed in out-of-home care by government agencies
 A national inquiry is about to lift the lid on foster care – a mostly hidden system in which more than 20,000 children are potentially vulnerable to abuse.
In March the royal commission into child sexual abuse will hold public hearings in Sydney into the abuse of children who were placed in out-of-home care (OOHC) by government agencies.


Friday, 16 January 2015

Questions hang over death of Brother

A FORMER Maitland Marist Brother who died of an apparent suicide in October after an allegation he had sexually abused a former student was advised in the weeks before his death police would not pursue the matter.
Marist Brothers Provincial Brother Jeff Crowe said the Brother, who was at the order’s Maitland school for a number of years from 1977, protested his innocence in relation to the allegation he sexually abused the student during a camping trip.


Deported Catholic priest fronts court on child abuse charges

A Catholic priest deported from Papua New Guinea who is accused of abusing seven children in Victoria more than 40 years ago has appeared briefly in court.
Father Roger 'Gabriel' Mount, 72, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday via videolink from Port Phillip prison where he has been held since his deportation and arrest in October.
The case was delayed for several minutes as prison staff had to wheel the elderly, frail and wheelchair-bound priest into the videolink room.


A Catholic Brother is charged in Victoria and is investigated in NSW

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 16 January 2015)
Many years ago, Broken Rites began researching "Brother Gabriel Mount", who had worked in Catholic children's homes conducted by the St John of God Brothers in New South Wales and Victoria. We discovered that he eventually became a priest ("Father Roger Mount"), working in Papua New Guinea. In October 2014 he was brought back to Australia, where Victorian police charged him with multiple child-sex offences, involving seven Victorian victims. He is in custody in Victoria, where he has made two brief appearances in court (by video link from prison), the most recent being on 16 January 2015. New South Wales police, also, are investigating Father Mount concerning incidents that are alleged to have occurred in NSW.


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Royal commission into child abuse to hold regional public hearings this year

The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse is set to hold public hearings in regional Australia for the first time.
The commission was established in 2013 and has held public sessions in every capital city.
Commissioners have privately interviewed victims outside metropolitan areas, but survivors and lawyers have called for the commission to hold hearings in regional Australia.
The commission has announced it will hold public hearings in country areas this year and is likely to visit multiple regional centres.
Ballarat abuse survivor Andrew Collins said it was fantastic news.


Child abuse royal commission: Government departments ordered to hand over recent data on exploitation in state care

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has turned its sights on the sexual exploitation of children in state care over the last decade.
The ABC can reveal the commission has ordered private organisations and government departments across Australia to hand over 10 years' worth of data relating to the alleged and proven sexual abuse of children in care.


Child Abuse Royal Commission Enters Third Year

The Royal Commission into Child Abuse is about to enter its third year with private and public hearings due to resume next week.

The Commission is also set to hold public hearings in regional Australia for the first time.

In September 2014 the Federal Government agreed to an extension for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for a further two years. 

The Federal Government was asked to provide another $104 million and a further two years to complete the Royal Commission investigations into how institutions across Australia have responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A Catholic Brother dies while facing child-abuse allegations

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted 14 January 2015)
A member of the Marist Brothers in Australia (Brother Donald Brodie NEWTON) has died, in an apparent suicide, just after New South Wales police received child-sex allegations against him from a former schoolboy. Therefore, now that he is dead, Brother Newton will not have to face any police investigation (or any court case) arising from the ex-pupil's allegations.


Support for push to investigate links between sex abuse and suicides

AUSTRALIA’S leading child abuse organisation has supported a Hunter group’s push for an investigation into possible links between convicted and alleged child sex offenders and the suicides of more than 30 Hunter boys, teenagers and men.
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) president Dr Cathy Kezelman said it was vital because ‘‘when you’re looking at including the voices of people impacted by child sexual abuse the voices of those who have not survived are harder to hear, but they’re very significant voices’’.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Support for Royal Commission probe into Hunter clergy abuse suicides

Almost three years after the suicide of a Newcastle man who was abused by a notorious paedophile priest, his former partner is relieved his and other suicides may be scrutinised by the Royal Commission into Child Abuse.
John Pirona was abused as a teenager by Father John Denham at Newcastle's St Pius Catholic high school, and at the age of 45 took his own life.


Victims of child abuse call for south-west hearing

CHILD abuse survivors have called on a royal commission to stage a hearing in south-west Victoria to allow them to tell their stories.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has held a number of public hearings in Melbourne since it was set up two years ago, but equivalent seminars in regional centres have been held privately.
Geelong lawyer Penny Savidis said the hearings provided an opportunity for child abuse survivors to open up about their traumatic early years.
She said many institutions where child abuse cases occurred were based in regional Victoria, particularly in Ballarat and Geelong.


Death of Brother facing child sex allegations

A FORMER Marist Brother who taught at the order’s Maitland high school from 1977 has died in an apparent suicide only two months after child sex allegations were made against him.
A Hunter man made a statement to police in August alleging the Brother sexually abused him during a camping trip in the late 1970s while the man was a student at the school.
The Brother, 74, died on rail land at Oatley in October, on a night when ‘‘his judgment was dark and sense of hope disturbed’’, said Marist Provincial Brother Jeff Crowe in a eulogy at his funeral.


Call for Royal Commission to launch in-depth probe into suicides linked to clergy abuse

Dozens of suicides, allegedly linked to abuse by several Hunter Valley priests, has prompted the formation of a group that is calling for an in-depth probe by the Royal Commission.
Scores of Hunter Valley men and women suffered abuse at the hands of the region's priests, and more than a dozen clergy and lay people have been charged with around 500 offences.
It has resulted in several convictions and hefty jail sentences.


Monday, 12 January 2015

EDITORIAL: Church abuse suicides

ALL 30 are dead, probably by suicide.
All 30 were abused by clergy or other religious officials in the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese.
In some cases the link between those two factors appears clear and direct. In others the picture is complicated by time or circumstances.
The time seems right, now that a royal commission is inquiring into sexual abuse in religious institutions throughout Australia, to put the question of these troubling deaths – and many others like them – on the table for closer examination.


Woman tells SA court Father John Fleming did not have sexual threesome with her and another teenager in the 1970s

A WOMAN has denied Father John Fleming had a ménage-a-trois with her and one of her friends when they were teenagers, dubbing the claim “absolutely untrue”.
In the Supreme Court today the woman, who cannot be identified, said she and Fr Fleming had “absolutely not” engaged in any sexual activity when she was a teenager in the 1970s.
She further denied claims made by her former friend, known as “Jane”, that she had intended to seduce Fr Fleming — who was a radio, television and newspaper personality at the time.
Asked if she had kissed, flirted with or spent time “in or around” Fr Fleming’s bed as a teenager, the woman replied: “Absolutely not”, “no” and “not at all”.


Horrifying truth haunts family of abuse victim

A NEWCASTLE woman learned her son was a victim of paedophile priest Vince Ryan when police spoke to her in 1996 only days after her son’s suicide.
‘‘Vince Ryan wrote in his diary the name of the children he abused and the dates he abused them,’’ said the woman this week.
‘‘My son’s name was there. He was 11 when it happened, and an altar boy. He never told us. I was so horrified. I was just beside myself. I didn’t even think anything like that would ever happen, but it did.’’


Call for inquiry into paedophile victim suicides

A HUNTER group wants an investigation into the deaths of more than 30 former Catholic high school students by suicide, drug overdoses or possible suicide, because of links to known or alleged child sex offenders.
A list with more than 30 names – all male – of boys, teenagers and men has been compiled for a submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with the youngest aged just 13 when he took his life in his bedroom, and the most recent suicide early last year.


Desperate cry for help falls on deaf ears

TWO victims of John Denham attempted suicide while still students at St Pius school, court documents show.
One of the students was hospitalised after taking barbiturates at age  16 ‘‘with the intention of dying’’, he said in a statement that formed part of the brief of evidence against Denham in 2010.
He shared the barbiturates with another student.


Victorian child abuse victims call for royal commission regional hearings

Survivors of child abuse have urged a royal commission to hold public hearings in regional Victoria to allow them to tell their stories in their local community.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has held a number of public hearings in Melbourne since it was established in early 2013, but hearings in regional areas have been conducted behind closed doors.


Thursday, 8 January 2015

What Cardinal Pell needs to know

The ousted chairman of the Vatican bank tells his side of the story for the first time
I have a question for Cardinal George Pell, who as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy is supervising the reform of the finances of the Holy See. Your Eminence, are you sure you have been properly informed about the recent history of the Vatican bank, of which I was chairman from 2009 until I was dismissed after a vote of no confidence in 2012?


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Pontiff Pulls Plug On Priest In Oz

The Pope has just seriously disappointed some of the secularists who think he is secretly one of them.
Lest you think the Pope is a closet Lefty:

An Australian priest who supports the ordination of women has been excommunicated by Pope Francis.
In the first such excommunication since the new pontiff took office Fr Greg Reynolds was dismissed in a letter from the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, which stated that “the decision by Pope Francis to dismiss Fr Reynolds from the clerical state and to declare his automatic excommunication has been made because of his public teaching on the ordination of women contrary to the teaching of the Church and his public celebration of the Eucharist when he did not hold faculties to act publicly as a priest.”


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Tasmanian police preparing report for DPP on Hutchins abuse claims

PROSECUTORS are considering whether to lay charges against a former teacher from the Hutchins School who was accused of sexually abusing boys during the 1960s.
Ronald Thomas was named by two ex-students during a public hearing in Hobart of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Charity reputations: Salvos drop sharply, Royal Flying Doctors top again

Royal Flying Doctor Service remains Australia’s charity with the best reputation, coming in at number one on the Charity Reputation Index for the fourth year in a row. But research consultants AMR have found this year overall raw scores used to rank the reputations of Australia’s top 40 charities have dropped.

AMR managing director Oliver Freedman says results from this year’s Charity Reputation Index suggest the entire sector has suffered a decline in trust.
“Australians are feeling less of an emotional attachment to our charities than ever before. It also shows that Australians have less faith in financial management, leadership and the sector’s ability to deal with reputational damage.”

Tas police back from NZ abuse interview

Tasmanian detectives are preparing a case for prosecutors after interviewing a former teacher accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1960s.
Ronald Thomas was named during a public hearing in Hobart of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Former students of the city's exclusive Hutchins boys' school gave evidence that the 1960s music teacher had abused them.
The hearing was told Mr Thomas was dead.


Monday, 5 January 2015

Aussie teacher faces child abuse prosecution

Police investigating sex crime allegations against a teacher long presumed dead before being found in rural New Zealand have returned to Australia to prepare a report for a prosecutor.
The allegations relate to Ronald Thomas, formerly a teacher at Tasmania's elite Hutchins School, who now lives in Tangimoana, near Bulls.
Mr Thomas, aged in his late 70s, has denied allegations of historical sex offences.


Friday, 2 January 2015

Altar egos: Backlash on Pope begins

Pope Francis is more popular than any modern pope but is upsetting Vatican insiders. Peter Popham says the backlash has begun and asks who will come out on top in the struggle for the heart of the Catholic church.
Pope Francis, who in his first Mass of the new year called for an end to war and slavery, has put a spring in the step of the Catholic Church since his election nearly two years ago. But now the backlash has begun.
It started, coincidentally or not, two days after a recent, devastating assault by the pontiff on the vices of the senior Vatican officials who surround him.


12 Resolutions For Pope Francis in 2015

Protect children by holding bishops accountable.
Protect children by restoring the age of First Confession to 13 years of age.
Help abuse survivors financially and emotionally.
Help couples by endorsing contraception.
Help women by ordaining women as priests.
Appoint women Cardinals.
Recognize same sex marriages as holy.
Encourage divorced and remarried Catholics to receive all the Sacraments.
Have all bishops selected and retained only with the full consent of the Catholics they serve.
Sell all excess Church assets and give the proceeds to the poor.
End Church involvement in political campaigns.
Infallibly declare that popes are always “fallible”.
Why not? Impractical, not really, as I discuss below. Was expecting a “pope for life” to quit impractical? Moreover, Jesus was not limited by what    
was considered “practical”.


Concerns about power and influence of social media in child abuse royal commission

SIMON SANTOW: As the child abuse Royal Commission moves into its second year of public hearings, there are growing concerns about how victims and organisations are using social media to discuss institutional child sexual abuse.
While social media is enabling survivors to connect with others and candidly share their stories in a way that was never possible before. There are warnings about the possible risks it may pose to future legal action.
Emily Bourke reports.
EMILY BOURKE: Last month, abuse survivor Alecia Buchanan told the Royal Commission about the comfort and support she'd found from others via social media.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Rome--Victims of clergy abuse demand action from Pope

Victims of clergy abuse demand action from Pope
While church commemorates innocent children murdered by Herod, victims to Pope: take action
Victimized as children by priests in three different countries they seek prevention
To Pope Francis: Fire predators and order bishops to open records and report evidence to police
For immediate release: December 28, 2014
By Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, +1 312 399 4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org
As Catholics commemorate the biblical story of Herod massacring infants and acknowledge the special vulnerability of children, victims want Pope Francis to take concrete action to protect children now.  
Specifically they want Pope Francis to take immediate action today to keep children safe in the church. They want him to:
-Fire the predators,