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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

Saturday, 31 October 2015

The royal commission and the unpunished teacher

Groomed by her high school English teacher for a sexual relationship that began when she was 15 years old, the author sought justice through the royal commission. Two years on, her abuser is still teaching.
It wasn’t an easy childhood. I was raised in a strict Catholic family, in relative isolation, on a farm in country Victoria. My mother had a chronic illness and my father, who worked long hours sowing or reaping crops and managing livestock, was emotionally and physically unavailable.

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/law-crime/2015/10/31/the-royal-commission-and-the-unpunished-teacher/14462100002573

A retired Christian Brother faces charges from the 1970s

Christian Brother Terrence Patrick Kingston (now retired, aged 78), who had a long career as a teacher and administrator in several Australian states, is now being prosecuted in court by police on historic child-sex charges. Police allege that these incidents occurred in Queensland in the 1970s. Police are also checking Brother Terry Kingston's career in other parts of Australia (in New South Wales and the Northern Territory).
The current court charges (called indecent treatment of a child under the age of 17) involve several young males in Queensland.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/372

Friday, 30 October 2015

Xavier College’s past revealed following online bullying scandal

DRUGS, theft, assault, property damage, a trafficking offence and even an incident involving weapons and explosives.
It sounds like the worst school on the worst corner of the worst suburb, and yet you pay about $25,000 a year to go there.
Xavier College is a prestigious Catholic boys school in Kew in Melbourne with an esteemed alumni — Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, AFL Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson, world champion marathon runner Robert de Castella and Formula One world championship winner Alan Jones.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/xavier-colleges-past-revealed-following-online-bullying-scandal/story-fnq2o7dd-1227588458896

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Identity of teacher on child porn charges suppressed to prevent embarrassment to school

A Sydney judge has suppressed the name of a Catholic primary school teacher who has pleaded guilty to child pornography offences to "limit the embarrassment and distress" of the school.
In the Downing Centre District Court on Thursday, a 59-year-old man admitted to accessing, transmitting and possessing thousands of images and videos of child abuse material.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/identity-of-teacher-on-child-porn-charges-suppressed-to-prevent-embarrassment-to-school-20151028-gklfh6.html

South Australian Labor won't back Bill Shorten's abuse compensation scheme

Attorney general John Rau says as state has its own scheme it will not be handing powers to commonwealth and paying share of $4.3bn funding
The South Australian Labor government has said it will not back Bill Shorten’s plan for a national compensation scheme for abuse survivors unless it is “fully funded”.
The scheme, announced by the federal opposition leader on Tuesday, requires multimillion-dollar contributions from the states and territories that ran the institutions where thousands of children were abused for decades.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/oct/29/south-australia-refuses-to-back-national-abuse-compensation-scheme-unless-its-fully-funded

Survivor, Father Rod Bower speak out for ‘silent victims’ of institutional child abuse

More than six decades have passed since Woy Woy Bay volunteer firefighter Malcolm Angus was sexually abused by an Anglican priest.
And yet the horrific memories of the repeated abuse, which started in Fiji when he was only 7 and ended in rape in an Australian Anglican boarding house when he was 18, still haunt the 69-year-old former CEO.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/survivor-father-rod-bower-speak-out-for-silent-victims-of-institutional-child-abuse/story-fngr8h0p-1227586567886

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

PM 'should follow' ALP on redress: church

The Labor party's commitment to a national redress scheme for abuse survivors has been welcomed by the Uniting Church.
The church's president in Australia, Stuart McMillan, said he "warmly welcomed" the promise made by federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to establish the $4.3 billon scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/28/09/42/pm-should-follow-alp-on-redress-church

Monday, 26 October 2015

Bishop leading charge against child sexual abuse admits he too was a victim

As Newcastle's Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson urges his diocese to come to terms with the church's handling of child sexual abuse, he has admitted that he too was a victim.
Members of the Synod took part in an historic vote at the weekend, making a formal apology from the Newcastle Diocese, acknowledging it actively discouraged those who reported abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-26/bishop-leading-charge-against-child-sexual-abuse-admits-he-too-/6884270

Inquiry promptes older sexual abuse victims to seek help

It took almost four decades and an emotional breakdown resulting in hospitalisation for NSW grandmother Karen Synnott to ­acknowledge the effect of childhood sexual abuse and seek help.
Abused by a close family member from the ages of eight to 13, Ms Synnott is typical of a generation who felt ashamed, powerless and unworthy of help, believing the best way of dealing with the trauma was to repress their secret.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/inquiry-promptes-older-sexual-abuse-victims-to-seek-help/story-fngburq5-1227581775768?sv=4a5c23e2923c81d0f8181d3e968d9de0

More older Aussies calling abuse helpline

The number of older Australians seeking help from the lasting effects of childhood sex abuse has risen, research shows.
There has been a spike in the number of older Australians seeking professional help because of childhood sex abuse, new research shows.
The research released by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) on Monday to coincide with Blue Knot Day - a national day to raise awareness about the five million Australian adults who survived childhood abuse.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/10/26/more-older-aussies-calling-abuse-helpline

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Yeshivah Centre sexual abuse under spotlight in documentary Breaking the Silence

A Melbourne man who was sexually abused as a child by Yeshivah Centre staff has taken out intervention orders against members of the Orthodox Jewish community, alleging his family was threatened after he spoke out about his abuse.
And several people who were subjected to sexual abuse as children at Yeshivah in Melbourne have now launched civil action against the ultra-Orthodox organisation.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/yeshivah-centre-sexual-abuse-under-spotlight-in-documentary-breaking-the-silence-20151023-gkgm5z.html

Friday, 23 October 2015

Geelong boss apologies for abuse

The chair of the governing council of Australia's most prestigious school has apologised for past abuse.

The chairman of Geelong Grammar's governing council has apologised unreservedly for the harm caused to former students whom the school failed to keep safe from abuse.
Jeremy Kirkwood, who is the current chair of the council, apologised "sincerely and unreservedly" to abuse survivors for the physical and mental abuse they experienced at the elite school at Geelong, Victoria.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/10/23/geelong-boss-apologies-abuse

Abuse survivor details 'hundreds of crimes' carried out by pedophile ring

The victim of an alleged child sex trafficking network claims she was prostituted at dozens of pedophile parties, which were attended by at least three former prime ministers at Canberra's Parliament House.
Fiona Barnett also claims she witnessed "hundreds of crimes" - including murder, rape, abduction and torture - at the hands of the so-called elite pedophile ring 40 years ago.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/23/03/34/survivor-of-elite-pedophile-ring-speaks

Child abuse royal commission: Geelong Grammar to rethink its handling of child abuse cases

Geelong Grammar is looking to change the way it deals with victims of sexual abuse at the school, the commercial manager of the school has told the child abuse royal commission.
Andrew Moore gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse about the way the school dealt with victims of sexual abuse over several decades.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-23/geelong-grammar-to-rethink-its-handling-of-child-abuse-cases/6880402

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Expelling an abused boy 'unjustified'

A former master at Australia's most elite school, who can't recall expelling a boy who complained of being sexually abused, says he always put children first.
He's also told the child sex abuse royal commission that such a response to a complaint would have been uncharacteristic of him.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/22/03/35/geelong-grammar-inquiry-resumes 

Former Geelong Grammar master Robert Bugg tells inquiry he cannot recall abuse claims

A former campus master from elite Victorian school Geelong Grammar told a royal commission he had no recollection of being notified about sexual abuse allegations involving a staff member and a teenage boy.
Robert Bugg, a former master of the school's Highton campus, gave evidence that he could not remember claims that boarding house assistant Philippe Trutmann​ molested a 14-year-old boarder in 1989.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/former-geelong-grammar-master-robert-bugg-tells-inquiry-he-cant-recall-abuse-claims-20151021-gkfckw.html

Former Geelong Grammar master has 'no recollection' of student alleging abuse, royal commission hears

A former master at Geelong Grammar has told the child abuse royal commission he has no memory of a student alleging he was sexually assaulted by a staff member in the 1980s.
Robert John Bugg was the master of the exclusive school's Highton campus in the 1980s and 90s, when Philippe Trutmann worked as a boarding house assistant.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-22/geelong-grammar-master-has-no-memory-of-student-abuse-allegation/6876732

Royal Commission: Child abuse allegedly covered up by Geelong Grammar for decades

ELEANOR HALL: One of Australia's most prestigious schools is back in the spotlight today over allegations it covered up sexual abuse at the school for decades.

A former headmaster at the Geelong Grammar School's Highton Campus has taken the stand at the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

Jessica Longbottom has been following the proceedings and she joins us now.

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4336713.htm

Catholic Church confesses to a 'shameful, corrosive' history

The Catholic Church has described its history regarding child abuse in Australia as “shameful, corrosive and complicit”.
The church says it now expects its liability exposure to be potentially $1 billion on top of payments already made.
Catholic spokesman Francis Sullivan said the church’s history was “littered with examples of cover-ups and crimes and of church leaders failing in one of the very basic tenets of their calling”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/catholic-church-confesses-tonbspa-shameful-corrosive-history/story-fngburq5-1227577664879?sv=347acd4a4e43a587f6ebe2c473237bee

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Pell to be at 'confronting' abuse inquiry

THE Catholic Church's handling of two decades of abuse by pedophile priests in a Melbourne parish will be the focus of a royal commission hearing featuring Cardinal George Pell.
CARDINAL Pell, now the Vatican's finance chief, will give evidence to the commission's public hearing into the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne's response to child abuse as well as its continuing inquiry into widespread abuse by clergy in the Ballarat diocese.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/national/pell-gives-commission-evidence-in-december/story-fnjbnvyj-1227575615972

Senator Bill Heffernan claims he has a police list which names 28 people, including a former prime minister, as suspected paedophiles

LIBERAL senator Bill Heffernan claims he has a police list which names 28 prominent people, including a former prime minister, as suspected paedophiles.
Senator Heffernan didn’t name any names but called on Attorney-General George Brandis to expand the child abuse royal commission so that it includes the legal fraternity.

http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/senator-bill-heffernan-claims-he-has-a-police-list-which-names-28-people-including-a-former-prime-minister-as-suspected-paedophiles/story-fns0jze1-1227576205176

Pell to be at 'confronting' abuse inquiry

The Catholic Church's handling of two decades of abuse by pedophile priests in a Melbourne parish will be the focus of a royal commission hearing featuring Cardinal George Pell.
Cardinal Pell, now the Vatican's finance chief, will give evidence to the commission's public hearing into the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne's response to child abuse as well as its continuing inquiry into widespread abuse by clergy in the Ballarat diocese. 

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/20/13/14/pell-gives-commission-evidence-in-december 

Bishop calls for reflection after priest's death

A suspected paedophile Anglican priest has been found dead in his Hunter home while awaiting a hearing into child sex abuse allegations.
Reverend Campbell Brown was accused of abuse at the North Coast Children's Home dating back more than 50 years.
Evidence of the abuse was recently heard by the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-20/bishop-calls-for-reflection-after-priest27s-death/6867916

Public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

The Royal Commission will hold the second part of the public hearing regarding Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat at the County Court of Victoria, Melbourne.
This hearing will be co-ordinated with the public hearing regarding the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and evidence from witnesses common to each hearing will be received. It is anticipated that the hearing regarding Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat will commence around 7 December 2015 depending on the progress of the hearing into the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-10/public-hearing-into-catholic-church-authorities-in

Public hearing into Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing to inquire into the response of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse. The public hearing will commence on 24 November 2015 in Melbourne at the County Court of Victoria.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-10/public-hearing-into-catholic-archdiocese-of-melbou

Anglican priest Campbell Brown found dead

NEWCASTLE priest Campbell Brown was found dead in his home on Sunday as the Anglican Church prepared for a hearing into child sexual abuse allegations against him from the 1960s.
Reverend Brown, 80, died only hours after attending a service at Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral where people were asked to say a prayer for survivors of child sexual abuse and to stand with those who had been abused.

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/3433731/anglican-priest-campbell-brown-found-dead/?cs=2452

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Ex-Bishop of Grafton removed from holy orders

A FORMER bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton has been removed from holy orders on the recommendation of an independent Professional Standards Board.
Keith Slater had been Bishop of Grafton for 10 years until his resignation in May, 2013.
The deposition means Mr Slater no longer holds any ordained position, role or status within the Anglican Church of Australia and returns to being a lay member of the church. 

Seven suicides after sexual abuse at NSW Catholic school

At least seven former pupils of a Catholic boarding school in northern NSW have killed themselves amid allegations of sexual abuse by staff that have led to one former teacher being convicted this month, while another will face court next week.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/seven-suicides-after-sexual-abuse-at-nsw-catholic-school/story-e6frg6nf-1227572284129

Days of Catholic Church investigating sex abuse ‘are over’

The Catholic Church in Australia says the days of conducting its own investigations into child ­sexual abuse “must be over’’.
Catholic spokesman Francis Sullivan has made the comments to The Weekend Australian in ­response to a call for a national ­redress scheme to compensate ­victims of abuse.
“More than anything else, abuse survivors have been calling for fair and compassionate redress with the decisions about what this looks like taken out of the hands of the institutions responsible for the abuse,” Mr Sullivan said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/days-of-catholic-church-investigating-sex-abuse-are-over/story-fngburq5-1227572166497?sv=d780fe3211438ee833c8b22cb50e0b74

Friday, 16 October 2015

Child Abuse Inquiry Deleted Survivors' Stories

A child sex abuse inquiry website error is branded a "shaming disgrace" after survivors' information is lost.

The Goddard Inquiry into historical child sexual abuse has apologised after information provided by survivors was destroyed before it was even looked at.
A website glitch was blamed for the error, which was described as "unacceptable" by campaigners and people who had been abused.

http://news.sky.com/story/1570333/child-abuse-inquiry-deleted-survivors-stories

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Salvation Army told law firm to avoid courts, inquiry hears

The Salvation Army instructed a law firm to try to resolve claims made by sexual and physical abuse victims without going to court, a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining four Salvation Army-run children's homes in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-14/salvation-army-royal-commission-abuse-law-firm/6853656

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Salvation Army may provide top-up payments

THE Salvation Army is willing to provide immediate top-up payments to victims of child sex abuse in its homes if an internal review finds their initial settlements unfair.
SENIOR army official Commissioner Floyd Tidd says those payments will not have to wait for the introduction of any national or state-based redress scheme for victims.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/abuse-victims-to-wait-for-more-money/story-fn3dxiwe-1227566808863

Bigger payouts for Salvos abuse victims on hold

All compensation payments to victims of sexual and physical abuse will be reviewed by the ­Salvation Army, but there will be no changes until the Turnbull government states whether it ­intends to establish and fund a ­national redress scheme.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/bigger-payouts-for-salvos-abuse-victims-on-hold/story-fngburq5-1227566640021?sv=810491741d88d5f3516e9afac83c789e

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Salvation Army review of compensation settlements reliant on national redress scheme, commissioner says

Victims of sexual abuse at Salvation Army-run children's homes are angry that an internal review of past compensation settlements will largely be reliant on the implementation of a national redress scheme.
Commissioner Floyd Tidd, the Salvation Army's southern territory commander, has been recalled to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to clarify the review process.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-13/victims-angered-by-salvation-army-compensation-review-process/6849796

Abuse victims to wait for more money

Victims of sex abuse in homes run by the Salvation Army will likely have to wait several years to learn if a review of their cases will result in increased compensation payments.

The review of all previous settlements is already underway by the army in relation to children who were abused at four homes - at Eden Park in Adelaide, at Box Hill and Bayswater in Melbourne and at Nedlands in Perth.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/10/13/abuse-victims-to-wait-for-more-money.html

Monday, 12 October 2015

Child sex abuse inquiry: Protest held outside Attorney-General John Rau's office after 'Johnnie-come-latelies' royal commission comment

Supporters of victims of child sexual abuse have congregated outside the Attorney-General's electorate office at Kilburn to highlight what they say are insensitive and offensive comments about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-12/protest-over-raus-offensive-child-sex-royal-commission-remark/6847376

Physical abuse at Salvation Army home 'stopped boys reporting sexual abuse'

Senior official agrees in evidence before the royal commission that culture of physical abuse at Eden Park was so pervasive it served to intimidate the children

A culture of physical abuse at a Salvation Army boys’ home in Adelaide was a significant barrier to children reporting allegations of sexual abuse, a royal commission has heard.
A senior Salvation Army official, Floyd Tidd, said he could not understand why such a culture was allowed to continue at Eden Park in the Adelaide Hills.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/oct/12/physical-abuse-at-salvation-army-home-stopped-boys-reporting-sexual-abuse

Child sex abuse inquiry: Salvation Army officers may have believed children in homes were 'progeny of evil'

Some Salvation Army officers may have perceived children in institutional homes as "evil" and believed it was their duty to save them from their "vicious and criminal tendencies", a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining four children's homes in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria run by the Salvation Army.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-12/salvos-may-have-believed-eden-park-children-as-progeny-of-evil/6846308

Abuse culture at boys' home, inquiry told

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard about a culture of physical abuse that flourished at a Salvation Army boys' home in Adelaide.
A culture of physical abuse at a Salvation Army boys' home in Adelaide was a significant barrier to children reporting allegations of sexual abuse, a royal commission has heard.
Senior Salvation Army official Floyd Tidd says he can't understand why such a culture was allowed to continue at Eden Park in the Adelaide Hills.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/10/12/abuse-culture-boys-home-inquiry-told

Friday, 9 October 2015

Salvation Army official sorry for abuse

A senior Salvation Army official has apologised to the girls and boys sexually, physically and emotionally abused in homes run by the organisation in three states.
Floyd Tidd says the abuse that continued over many years constitutes the "darkest chapter" in the history of the Salvation Army and will forever be a source of shame.
He says he has been moved and distressed by stories from survivors detailed at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/10/09/salvation-army-official-sorry-abuse

Child forced to kill chickens by Salvation Army officer because he loved animals, royal commission told

A child was forced to kill chickens while in the care of the Salvation Army because an officer found out he loved animals, a royal commission held in Adelaide has heard.
A 1960s resident of Box Hill Boys' Home in Victoria told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a senior Salvation Army officer also punched him in the head when he told him about being sexually abused.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-09/child-forced-kill-chickens-because-he-loved-animals-inquiry-told/6841274

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Salvation Army commissioner apologises to victims

A Salvation Army commander has apologised to victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse while in the care of the organisation last century.
Commissioner Floyd Tidd, Southern Territory Commander, was called to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held in Adelaide this week.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-09/salvos-commissioner-apologises-to-child-sex-abuse-victims/6841684

Teacher at exclusive Brisbane private school found dead days after a blog post accused him of being a paedophile

A teacher at a prestigious private school has been found dead in a suspected suicide days after a blog post anonymously accused him of sexually abusing a student three decades ago.
Brisbane Grammar School teacher Greg Masters had been found dead in a suspected suicide after emergency services were called at around 8am on Thursday morning to a Spring Hill address.

Brisbane Grammar School teacher found dead

A BLOGGER says he was confronting “demons that have daily haunted my dreams” when he publicly accused a Brisbane Grammar School teacher of sexual abuse when the two were teens.
Brenden Sheehan has this morning given a detailed explanation for going public about his alleged abuse after the teacher, Greg Masters, took his life on Thursday following the allegations.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/brisbane-grammar-school-teacher-found-dead/story-fnii5v6u-1227562316687

Grammar School teacher commits suicide after pedophile allegation

A teacher at the exclusive Brisbane Grammar School has taken his own life after being labelled a “pedophile predator’’ by an internet blogger.
The blogger, Brendan Sheehan, said the teacher, Greg Masters, had abused him when they were both at the school as students, 30 years ago. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

A priest abused two boys aged 9 and 11, police allege

A Catholic priest in northern New South Wales, John Patrick Casey, 67, is in custody in 2015, charged with sexual offences, allegedly committed against two young boys in the 1980s. In court in July 2015 (and again in October), Casey has been denied bail. A magistrate said the charges are serious and could bring a custodial sentence if there is a conviction. The court process is scheduled to continue soon.
John Patrick Casey is a priest of the Lismore diocese, which takes in the NSW north coast from the Queensland border to Camden Haven, south of Port Macquarie. The city of Lismore is where the diocese has its headquarters.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/366

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Former residents of Box Hill Boys' Home describe horrific crimes

Harrowing accounts of abuse and cruelty at four children's homes run by the Salvation Army have been heard as royal commission hearings in Adelaide go into a third day.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today heard stories of sexual violence committed against children at The Box Hill Boys' Home in Melbourne in the 1950s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-08/harrowing-accounts-of-cruelty-heard-in-child-abuse-hearing/6837206
The Salvation Army has been urged to change its attitude and better recognise the horrific abuse suffered by children taken into its homes.

In a statement read to a royal commission in Adelaide, David Wright, who died recently, said the Salvos needed to acknowledge what happened to the 'beautiful children' who went into their homes.

'They seem unprepared to turn their minds towards what happened, to what their employees were capable of,' Mr Wright said in his statement read on Thursday.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/10/08/salvos-urged-to-change-attitude-to-abuse.html

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Woman tells of abuse in WA

A former resident of a Salvation Army children's home in Perth was beaten, humiliated and sexually abused, a royal commission has heard.
The 57-year-old cannot be identified but has detailed her treatment at the Hollywood Children's Village at Nedlands from 1969 to 1972.
She said she had trouble with bed wetting as a child and as punishment a staff member would rub her face in the wet sheets.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/07/03/37/salvos-urged-to-step-up-over-abuse

SA govt knew of abuse at boys' home

THE South Australian government knew of allegations of child sex abuse at a Salvation Army boys' home in Adelaide dating back to the 1940s, a royal commission has heard.
THE commission was told of various allegations and incidents, including some that were investigated by police.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/sa-govt-knew-of-abuse-at-boys-home/story-fn3dxiwe-1227560318133

Child sex abuse royal commission: SA government 'knew of sexual abuse' at Salvation Army boys' home from early 1940s

The South Australian Government was aware of allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a Salvation Army-run boys' home from as early as the 1940s, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
The commission is examining four Salvation Army-run children's homes in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-07/sa-govt-knew-sexual-abuse-salvation-army-home-early-1940s/6833036

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Victim tells of Salvation Army abuse

Graham Rundle says it's hard to remember how many times he was sexually abused during his years at a Salvation Army boys' home in Adelaide, but it was at least 200.
It started when he was eight, just two months after he arrived at the Eden Park Boy's Home in the Adelaide Hills in 1960.
It involved both older boys and staff, but one man was particularly brutal.
Employee William Ellis sexually assaulted Mr Rundle more than 100 times and was eventually jailed for his crimes.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/06/03/36/abuse-royal-commission-in-adelaide

Child sex abuse inquiry: Victim Graham Rundle tells Salvation Army to do right thing by victims

A victim of a Salvation Army paedophile has made an impassioned plea for change while giving evidence at an inquiry, asking the organisation to do the right thing by all victims.
Graham Rundle, now 63, was repeatedly raped and sexually abused at the Eden Park Boys' Home in South Australia as a child in the 1960s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-06/child-sex-abuse-victim-graham-rundle-chastises-salvation-army/6831132

Child sex abuse royal commission: Salvation Army boys' homes to come under spotlight again

A victim of a notorious South Australian paedophile says the child abuse royal commission's hearings into the Salvation Army over the next fortnight will be an important step in many victims' journeys.
The Salvation Army's response to child sexual abuse will again come under scrutiny as hearings return to Adelaide, beginning today.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-06/salvation-army-boys-homes-under-spotlight-again/6827724

Child abuse royal commission in Adelaide

The royal commission into child sexual abuse in Adelaide has heard over 20 perpetrators have been identified at Salvation Army run homes.

Counsel assisting Sophie David says over the two weeks of hearings, survivors will give evidence that child sex abuse was widespread, unchecked and flourished over a long period of time.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/adelaide/2015/10/06/abuse-royal-commission-in-adelaide.html

Child sex abuse royal commission: Abuse at Salvation Army boys' homes was 'widespread, unchecked and flourished' over time

Former residents of Salvation Army boys' homes were subjected to widespread physical and sexual abuse by peers and employees, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
The commission has returned to Adelaide to examine four Salvation Army-run homes in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-06/sexual-abuse-boys-homes-widespread-unchecked-royal-commission/6830050

Royal Commission into Child Abuse begins hearings in Adelaide to examine Salvation Army homes

CHILD sex abuse victims at Salvation Army homes were physically beaten or further sexually abused if they reported crimes against them, the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
Opening the 33rd public hearing of the national commission in Adelaide, counsel assisting Sophie David SC, said the hearing would examine abuse at four Salvation Army homes in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia between 1940 and 1980.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/royal-commission-into-child-abuse-begins-hearings-in-adelaide-to-examine-salvation-army-homes/story-e6frg6n6-1227558598417

Inquiry to hear of widespread child sexual abuse at Salvation Army homes

Royal commission identifies more than 20 perpetrators of abuse against children and says crimes were ‘widespread, unchecked and flourished’
The royal commission into child sexual abuse in Adelaide has heard that more than 20 perpetrators have been identified homes run by the Salvation Army between 1940 and 1980.
Counsel assisting Sophie David said over the two weeks of hearings survivors would give evidence that child sex abuse was widespread, unchecked and flourished over a long period.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/oct/06/inquiry-finds-child-sexual-abuse-was-widespread-at-salvation-army-homes

Monday, 5 October 2015

Child sex abuse: victim’s ‘proof’ state ignored Eden park abuse

A victim of abuse at the Salvation Army’s former Eden Park home in the Adelaide Hills will today provide documents to a royal commission showing the state of South Australia and its child protection agencies knew about what was happening, but did nothing.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/child-sex-abuse-victims-proof-state-ignored-eden-park-abuse/story-fngburq5-1227558075676?sv=f1d703da78097fd7005bc5113e55fb3d 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

VSCP Terms of Reference published

The Chair of the IICSA, Lowell Goddard, "I am delighted the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel have agreed their Terms of Reference. Already they are helping to shape and inform the work of the Inquiry in a number of important respects. Each member of the Panel brings with them their unique perspectives and experience in their field. They will play a vital role in delivering the important work of the Inquiry."

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/news/vscp-terms-reference-published

Child sex abuse royal commission appeals for children in care to give evidence

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has made a direct appeal to children in care to give evidence.
Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald addressed more than 100 children under 18, many of whom are in the child protection system, at a youth conference in Brisbane today.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-03/sex-abuse-commission-appeals-for-children-in-care-give-evidence/6825618

Fire and brimstone: the destruction of St James

A beautiful old church engulfed in an angry inferno. Parishioners in tears at the sight of the scorched remains. But for others, a place of worship with ghastly memories ...
The smoke and flames were intense and only metres from his bedroom window, but it was the rush of approaching fire engines that roused Father Michel Corriveau early one Monday morning. It was late March, almost Easter, this year, and Corriveau was facing some busy days when the sound of sirens interrupted his preparations for Holy Week at his new parish

http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/fire-and-brimstone-the-destruction-of-st-james-20150915-gjnesy

Compensation for victims is coming - it will be far bigger than the moral bill

Today it's about victims of sexual abuse in Australian institutions, including schools. Tomorrow it may well be about victims of appalling maltreatment, rape and abuse in faraway concentration camps for asylum seekers.
Yesterday it was about women forced to give up babies for adoption. And Aboriginal children removed by the state. Or British slum children sent to the colonies so that they might have a better chance at life.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/compensation-for-victims-is-coming--it-will-be-far-bigger-than-the-moral-bill-20150930-gjxsjo

Friday, 2 October 2015

Bravehearts ambassador Damian De Marco has written an open letter to Pope Francis

Child sexual abuse campaigner Damian De Marco has urged Pope Francis to release cardinals from an oath that may restrict them from speaking out about child sexual abuse.
In an open letter to the pontiff, the 2015 ACT Local Hero and Bravehearts ambassador said the oath all new cardinals must swear, which prohibits them from disclosing information which could damage the Roman Catholic Church, is "inappropriate" due to the church's history of concealing child sexual abuse.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/bravehearts-ambassador-damian-de-marco-has-written-an-open-letter-to-pope-francis-20150918-gjpvbg.html

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Public hearing into The Salvation Army (Southern Territory)

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Adelaide commencing on 6 October 2015 at the Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building, 3 Angas Street, Adelaide.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experiences of former child residents of the following institutions operated by The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) between 1940 and 1990:
 a. Eden Park Boys’ Home, South Australia (Eden Park);

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-10/public-hearing-into-the-salvation-army-%28southe-%281%29

Issues paper released into advocacy and support, and therapeutic treatment services

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is calling for submissions from interested parties on issues relating to advocacy and support and therapeutic treatment services.
Advocacy and support and therapeutic treatment encompass a range of services survivors need to address the impact of child sexual abuse and trauma and help them to heal and lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-10/issues-paper-released-into-advocacy-and-support,-a

Inquiry into abuse support services hailed

An investigation into the adequacy of current treatment services for child abuse survivors has been welcomed by the organisation that supports an estimated five million Australian adults affected by childhood trauma.
On Thursday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse called for submissions from interested parties on current advocacy, support and therapeutic treatment services for people suffering the aftermath of abuse.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/10/01/14/40/support-for-abuse-victims-flawed

Support for abuse victims 'flawed'

The child abuse royal commission has heard in thousands of private sessions that child sex abuse victims find it hard to get treatment.
Australia's support and treatment services for victims of child sexual abuse will be investigated.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday called for submissions on issues relating to advocacy, support and therapeutic treatment services.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/10/01/support-abuse-victims-flawed