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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse


Schedule of Activity: Jan--Mar 2015


Public Hearing Case Studies click here 


Issues Papers and Submissions here

SNAP Australia Submission
in response to
Issues Paper #6
For Commentary on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Australia) and Memorial coverage of Lewis Blayse.
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"Betrayal of Trust"
Victoria Parliament's 

"Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations"
Inquiry Report Summary
 13 Nov. 2013
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NSW, Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle


SNAP Legal Action

For all things related to the
SNAP and Center for Constitutional Rights lawsuit filed against
the Pope and four
Vatican officers
violations of
human rights 

Video: Moves to Put the Pope in Court

Fighting for the Future

(UN filing on February 28, 2013)


If you or anyone you know has suffered abuse, call Lifeline.

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PM Julia Gillard's full statement on the child sex abuse royal commission (with Q n A)

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OPINION: Sex abuse survivors want to be believed

By Bob OToole and Lindsay Gardiner
April 2, 2013

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Call Of Duty

ABC Australian Story
April 29, 2013

The video story about  Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox; a man who was only doing his job.

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Cops and Catholicism:  the cultural connection between police and the church

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ABC Radio - Andrew West        May 8, 2013

"George Pell and Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church"

Adelaide Festival of Ideas Forum [audio report], October 24, 2013

(9Jumpin's 60 Minutes videos)

The Paedophile Hunter ... May 24, 2015

Cardinal Pell ... May 31, 2015  ExtraMinutes | Peter Saunders

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION (pts 1, 2, & 3): Spies, Lords & Predators ... July 19, 2015

SNAP Stories

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of SNAP, during the 2014 National Conference Aug 1-3 StoryCorps reserved two full recording days for SNAP members to share their stories. We are so proud of the brave survivors who have made their stories available to you with the hope that those who have not yet found the courage, will be inspired to come forward.
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"Former Adass leaders could face charges", Melbourne, The Australian Jewish News, October 1, 2015.

Police this week confirmed to The AJN they are considering laying criminal charges against a former president of the Adass Israel School and a former board member relating to their alleged roles in spiriting Malka Leifer out of Australia seven years ago. …

"Public hearing into The Salvation Army (Southern Territory)", Adelaide, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, October 1, 2015.

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. …

"Issues paper released into advocacy and support, and therapeutic treatment services", Australia, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, October 1, 2015.

Interested individuals and organisations wishing to respond to the issues paper have until 13 November 2015 to lodge a submission … For more information on Issues Paper 10 or to lodge a submission visit www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/research/issues-papers-submissions.

"Churches could lose millions in tax breaks under radical national faith register plan", Australia, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, September 30, 2015.

… The proposals have been tendered to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse amid concerns about the lack of scrutiny of some religious institutions. …

"New Child Protection Office Part of Archdiocese of Sydney Review", Sydney, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Catholic Communications, September 30, 2015.

… On becoming Archbishop of Sydney last November, Archbishop Fisher said the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults would be a priority for him. …

"Church to fight child abuse in Sydney", Sydney, IOL News, Marcus Casey, September 30 2015.

"Australian Jewish school may be investigated for abetting flight of molester", VIC, Jerusalem Post, Sam Sokol, September 29, 2015.

“Many survivors around the world feel betrayed [comment]”, SNAP Australia, SNAPAustralia.org, Nicky Davis, September 28, 2015.

Many survivors around the world feel betrayed, not reassured, by Pope Francis' words during his US PR exercise. ...

"Editorial suggesting paedophile priest’s sentence ‘seemed pointless’ ruled offensive", VIC, MuMBRELLA, September 28, 2015.

… The editorial fin the weekly ‘The Spec ‘Blog’ section commented on the case of a former priest who had lost an appeal against a prison sentence for the indecent assault of a nine year old girl and case involving a former Hamilton teacher who was sentenced to imprisonment for 18 months. …

"Lifting the lid on Australia's child sex abuse", Melbourne, BBC News, Marie McInerney, September 27, 2015.

"Predator used remote control lock when abusing boys", QLD, Courier Mail, David Murray, September 27, 2015.

Predator school counsellor Kevin Lynch used a remote control at his desk to lock his office door so he could sexually abuse students in total privacy. … An appalling cover-up followed Lynch’s abuse, with both schools failing to check on the welfare of students he counselled after becoming aware of serious allegations against the counsellor. …

"Catholic abuse victims ask for more from Pope Francis visit", Philadelphia PA, USA, The Fiscal Times, Sebastien Malo and Philip Pullella and Laila Kearney, September 26, 2015.

In a dense crowd gathered in central Philadelphia waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis on Saturday, lapsed Catholic Becky Ianni stood somberly with an oversized photo of herself at age nine, when she says a priest began sexually abusing her. … "Victims this week are really hurting and they need to know that we're out here and they're not alone," said Ianni, 58, the Washington and Virginia chapter director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). … Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org, …  said. "Right now, the most marginalized people in his whole Church are feeling quite excluded and insulted," she said.

"A third disgraced prelate spends time with Francis", Philadelphia, PA, USA, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Barbara Blaine, September 26, 2015.

Today, Pope Francis con-celebrated mass with the disgraced former head of the Philadelphia archdiocese, Cardinal Justin Rigali. The other day, Francis brought with him to the White House the disgraced former head of the Los Angeles archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony. …

"Pope Francis meets 9/11 victims’ families but ignores SNAP, insults 100,000 Catholic victims of Vatican crimes by John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army–JP2Army", USA, Paris Arrow, September 25, 2015.

Pope Francis is desperate to latch on to the fame of 9/11 because he knows the Vatican Titanic is sunken deep in the ocean of moral bankruptcy as a consequence of the Vatican crimes against humanity’s children during half-the-20th century …  in almost all dioceses across the USA. …

"Child-sex inquiry to probe elite Brisbane schools’ cover-ups", QLD, The Australian, Hedley Thomas, September 26, 2015.

"Victim of child sexual abuse hoping Adelaide Archbishop will be forced to defend charge", SA, ABC News, September 26, 2015.

… Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior catholic official in the world accused of concealing child sexual abuse. …

"Child sex abuse: States, territories challenge George Brandis on redress scheme", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Lee, September 25, 2015.

… Attorneys-general of all states and territories except the Northern Territory said in a joint letter to Senator Brandis on Friday that the commission had "identified a clear role" for the federal government in the redress scheme, including giving it a deadline of the end of 2015 to announce whether it would establish a national scheme. …

"Catholic leaders told ACT abuse victim to 'forgive' father, police allege", ACT, The Canberra Times, Christopher Knaus, September 25, 2015.

… The alleged abuser, now 73, was a leading member of a Canberra religious community closely linked to the Catholic Church, and stands accused of abusing a number of girls, including two of his own daughters. …

"Child abuse royal commission: Brisbane Grammar School reiterates apology to students as public hearing announced", QLD, ABC News, September 25, 2015.

… The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said BGS, also known as Grammar, at Spring Hill, and St Paul's School, at Bald Hills, would be the focus of public hearings on November 3 at the Brisbane Magistrates Court. …

"Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson seeks permanent stay on charges of concealing child sexual abuse", SA, ABC News, David Marchese, September 25, 2015.

"Catholic Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson moves to stop criminal case over sexual abuse by colleague", SA, Herald Sun, AAP, September 24, 2015.

"Two tumultous years but little real progress for adult victims of child sexual abuse", Australia, The Stringer, Colin Penter, September 23, 2015.

 … But two years into the Royal Commission, progress has been slow for victims, who still suffer at the hands of the churches and institutions responsible for the abuse, as well as the legal system and the inaction of Federal and State Governments. Lawyer and campaigner Judy Courtin argues that many survivors who have been fighting for justice for decades, particularly for adequate financial compensation and support, have had enough. …

"One man’s battle to lift the lid on evil: Cop who uncovered an unholy truth", VIC, Sunraysia Daily, Daniella White, September 22, 2015.

… in what he describes as one of the greatest criminal conspiracies ever in Victoria, his attempts to bring him to justice were thwarted by the “Catholic Mafia” within the police force, a corrupt court clerk and the church. …

"The man Pope Francis should meet in Washington", Washington DC, USA, Yahoo!, Matt Bai, September 21, 2015.

When Pope Francis arrives in Washington Tuesday night, he will set his suitcase down at the Apostolic Nunciature, informally known as the Vatican Embassy.  … When Francis looks out onto the locked-down avenue, however, closed to all but the southbound buses and a trickle of cars, he probably won’t see a 72-year-old, white-haired Polish immigrant named John Wojnowski, who has become as much a part of that sidewalk as the blistered concrete. …

"Congress should investigate the Catholic sexual abuse scandal", Washington DC, USA, Washington Examiner, David Clohessy, September 21, 2015.

It's ironic that Pope Francis will soon speak to the United States Congress, because the U.S. is one of the western democracies that was most hard-hit by the priest sexual abuse crisis and also lacked any federal response to it whatsoever.  … Abroad, a number of national and regional governments have conducted investigations and issued reports about this continuing crisis, including Ireland, Australia, Canada and Belgium. …

"Welcome Recommendations on Redress", Australia, Insights, September 20, 2015.

"Preliminary Royal Commission Findings Savage Chabad Child Sex Abuse, Coverups, Shunning And Harassment Of Victims, Rabbis' Lies", Australia, Failed Messiah, September 18, 2015.

… The Counsel Assisting's findings are very bad for Chabad, and in her submission Chabad rabbis in Melbourne and Sydney come out looking awful – because they were awful. …

"More jail time for Vic Christian Brother", VIC, Sky News, September 18, 2015.

"Paedophile Christian Brother Ted Bales has jail sentence increased after prosecution appeal", VIC, ABC News, September 17, 2015.

… Court of Appeal today ruled in favour of the DPP and resentenced Bales to eight years and five months' jail, with a five-year no-parole period. …

"Child sex abuse laws: Greens push to remove time limit on victims' damages claims", NSW, Sydney Morning Herald, Emma Partridge, September 17, 2015.

… A report on redress and civil litigation recommended state and territory governments remove any limitation periods that applied to damage claims by a person who had been sexually abused. Victoria removed the limitations under laws introduced in February this year. …

"Ex cop’s plea: Ryan hopes to tell Royal Commission of child sex abuse", VIC, Sunraysia Daily, Daniella White, September 17, 2015.

"Second Adass Israel School student to sue after $1m abuse payout", Melbourne, The Age, Patrick Hatch, September 17, 2015.

"$1m awarded to sex abuse victim", Melbourne, J-Wire, September 16, 2015.

"Malka Leifer: Melbourne woman awarded $1.27m in damages over ultra-Orthodox Jewish school abuse", Melbourne, ABC News, September 16, 2015.

"Student granted $1 million payout from Jewish school after suing them for 'covering up' the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of their female principal ", Melbourne, Daily Mail, Louise Cheer and Emily Crane, September 16, 2015.

"Melbourne Orthodox Jewish school ordered to pay $1.1m to abuse victim", Melbourne, The Guardian AAP, September 16, 2015.

"School ordered to pay student $1m for sex abuse", Melbourne, The Age, Patrick Hatch, September 16, 2015.

"Jewish school ordered to pay $1m to student sexually abused by runaway principal", Melbourne, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, September 15, 2015.

… The windfall is believed to be the single biggest payout to a Victorian victim of child sexual abuse in a landmark case that could open the floodgates for waves of similar litigation. …

"Catholic Church welcomes royal commission's call for national redress scheme for child sexual abuse victims", Australia, ABC News, Samantha Donovan, September 15, 2015.

"Child Sexual Abuse Victims Should Receive $4 Billion – Royal Commission", Australia, Pro Bono Australia,  Xavier Smerdon, September 15, 2015.

… The Commission has estimated there are likely to be some 60,000 eligible survivors and the scheme should be up and running by July 2017. …

"Abuse redress already being tackled in SA", Sky News, September 14, 2015.

South Australian Attorney-General John Rau has labelled the child abuse royal commission a 'Johnny-come-lately' for recommending a national redress scheme when states are already tackling the issue. …

"Call for $4b sex-abuse compo plan", Australia, Daily Telegraph, Patrick Billings, September 14, 2015.

Nearly $100 million will be needed to compensate and care for Tasman­ian victims of child sex abuse perpetrated by the state’s institutions. …

"National abuse redress 'best option'", Australia, Daily Mail AAP, September 14, 2015.

"Sex abuse royal commission: single national redress scheme recommended by commission", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Lee and Rachel Browne, September 14, 2015.

"Report on redress and civil litigation released today", Australia, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, September 14, 2015.

… In the report on redress and civil litigation, the Royal Commission recommends that ‘in order to provide redress under the most effective structure for ensuring justice for survivors, the Australian Government should establish a single national redress scheme’. …

"National child sexual abuse redress scheme needed, says royal commission", Australia, The Guardian, Helen Davidson, September 13, 2015.

"Child sex abuse royal commission: Catholic Church's Melbourne Response discouraged some victims from going to police, inquiry finds", VIC, ABC News, September 14, 2015.

"Cardinal George Pell scheme ‘discouraged abuse reporting’: Royal Commission report", VIC, news.com.au, Shannon Deery, September 14, 2015.

"Melbourne scheme not independent of church", VIC, Daily Mail AAP, September 14, 2015.

… The child abuse royal commission has found the Melbourne Response scheme is not sufficiently independent of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and its independent commissioners, Carelink counselling and compensation panel are not necessarily independent of each other. …

"Catholic Church's Melbourne Response criticised by royal commission", VIC, Sydney Morning Herald, Lucy Battersby, September 14, 2015.

… In particular, the commission expressed concern that the church's own law firm was instructing both the independent commissioner and the archdiocese about the same cases, noting "Corrs' position as lawyers responsible for the Melbourne Response, as well as solicitors for the Archdiocese, raises a clear potential for conflict. It also raises difficulties with confidentiality." …

"Report into the Melbourne Response released", Victoria, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, September 14, 2015.

The Royal Commission’s Report of Case Study No. 16 - The Melbourne Response was released today. … The report of Case Study 16 follows a public hearing into the Melbourne Response held in August last year. …

"Royal Commission: Cranbrook praises principal's testimony at child sex abuse inquiry", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Eryk Bagshaw, September 14, 2015.

… The endorsement came after Mr Sampson admitted that he paid a teacher at his former institution, Geelong Grammar, to retire early to avoid any formal complaints of child sex abuse being made against him. …

"Leaked emails reveal new child sex abuse controversy", Vatican City, Christian Today,  Ruth Gledhill, September 13, 2015.

"Salvation Army child sexual abuse at Eden Park home under spotlight at Royal Commiss", SA, The Courier Mail, Nigel Hunt, September 13, 2015.

The physical and sexual assault of dozens of young homeless boys at the Salvation Army’s former Eden Park home in the Adelaide Hills will be the subject of a public hearing next month. …

"The church gave this paedophile priest a new parish, plus more victims", NSW, Broken Rites, September 13, 2015.

"Former Geelong Grammar School teacher jailed for sex abuse", VIC, The Age, Adam Cooper, September 11, 2015.

… As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse continued its focus on the prestigious school in the Victorian County Court building on Friday, John Hamilton Buckley sat in another court room as judge Jane Patrick condemned his "disgraceful" and "predatory" offending. …

"Child abuse files shared 4000 times a day in Victoria", VIC, The Age, Nino Bucci and Chris Johnston, September 11, 2015.

… Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana mentioned the alarming figure in an opinion piece, published by Fairfax Media, that outlines his horror at viewing a video showing the abuse of a young girl. …

"Australian bishop testifies on prevalence of child sex abuse in the church [Analysis]”, Australia, National Catholic Reporter, Kieran Tapsell, September 10, 2015.

"German priest wants more action, transparency from Vatican to clear sex abuse cases", Germany, National Catholic Reporter, Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, September 10, 2015.

German Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes … said he agrees with Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who testified to that fact in front of the Australian Royal Commission Aug. 23. … Mertes said he fully agreed with Robinson that Pope Francis had not yet shown the type of leadership needed to deal with child sexual abuse in the church and demanded that the Vatican make greater efforts to clear up sexual abuse cases by members of the clergy. Those responsible in the Vatican at the moment were “not credible” and their desire for clarification “doubtful,” he said. …

"Child sex abuse inquiry hears 4000th testimony", Australia, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy, September 10, 2015.

… The royal commission has received 16,361 allegations involving 3566 institutions since it was established in November 2012 following the Newcastle Herald’s Shine the Light campaign for a royal commission into historic child sexual abuse. …

"Sex abuse inquiry: Former Geelong Grammar principal admits teacher accused of child sex abuse was paid to retire early[w/ video]”, VIC, The Age, Henrietta Cook, September 10, 2015.

"Royal Commission: Cranbrook headmaster knew about child sex abuse allegations[w/ video]”, VIC, Sydney Morning Herald, Eryk Bagshaw, September 10, 2015.

"Child abuse Royal Commission: Two former Geelong Grammar principals say they regret their handling of sexual abuse complaints", VIC, ABC News, Guy Stayner, September 10, 2015.

"Former principal of prestigious Geelong Grammar school describes the sexual abuse suffered by students as 'modest'", VIC, Daily Mail, Liam Quinn, September 10, 2015.

"Call for New Law on Reporting Child Sexual Abuse", Australia, Pro Bono Australia, September 10, 2015.

The Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council has called for the introduction of a new, consistent nation-wide criminal law requiring the reporting to the police of suspected child sexual abuse. …

"Editorial: Child safety comes first", TAS, The Mercury, September 9, 2015.

"Directions hearing for Case Study 33", Sydney, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, September 9, 2015.

… The directions hearing is related to Case Study 33 into the experience of former child residents at institutions operated by The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) between 1940 and 1990.

“Daryl McLure: Geelong Grammar abuse cover-up all too familiar [Opinion]”, VIC, Geelong Advertiser, September 07, 2015.

"Headmaster of one of Australia's top private schools 'paid a teacher who sexually abused a student for years to retire early to avoid an official complaint being lodged against him'", VIC, Daily Mail Australia, Lucy Mae Beers, September 7, 2015.

… The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse heard that headmaster Nicholas Sampson, paid maths teacher Jonathan Harvey $64,348 in 2004 to vacate his position. …

"Child sex abuse victim speaks about shame of Swan Homes orphanage", Perth, WA, PerthNow, Danielle Le Messurier, September 6, 2015.

"Boys were assaulted on their naked bottoms. But this priest, now in jail, is STILL a priest. Full story", Melbourne, Broken Rites, September 5, 2015.

For years, the Catholic Church has been harbouring a prominent Australian priest, Father Julian Fox, who indecently assaulted vulnerable schoolboys on their naked bottoms.

"Ballarat child sex abuse victims consider boycott of Melbourne-based hearings", VIC, ABC News, Danny Tran, September 3, 2015.

"Aleph takes issue with Rabbi Telsner", Melbourne, J-Wire, September 3, 2015.

"Oral submissions into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi", Melbourne, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, September 3, 2015.

"Geelong Grammar should repay abuse victims' school fees, inquiry hears", VIC, The Guardian – AAP, September 2, 2015.

"Sex abuse royal commission: Geelong Grammar student has 'no memory' of repeated abuse at school", VIC, Sydney Morning Herald, Timna Jacks, September 2, 2015.

"Australian school attended by Prince Charles 'dismissed sexual abuse claims'", VIC, The Guardian, September 2, 2015.

"Timbertop like Lord of the Flies", VIC, Herald Sun, September 1, 2015.

"Head rabbi at Melbourne's Yeshivah Centre resigns over handling of sex abuse", Melbourne, ABC News, September 1, 2015.

"Senior rabbi quits amid sex abuse cover-up claims", Melbourne, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, September 1, 2015.

"Sex abuse royal commission: Geelong Grammar chaplain tried to hypnotise students before sexually assaulting them", VIC, The Age, Henrietta Cook, September 1, 2015.

"Dark underside of one of Australia's most prestigious schools exposed at Royal Commission [w/ video]”, Australia, 9 News, September 1, 2015.

"Govt to be handed abuse redress plan", Australia, Sky News, August 31, 2015.

… On Sunday CLAN, a key support and advocacy network for care-leavers, called on the government to publish the recommendations without delay. …

"Kieran Tapsell On Vatican Blocking Bishops, Then: The Interview: Gayby Baby: Same Sex Families And Schools [w/ audio]”, Australia, ABC - Sunday Nights, Jennifer Fleming, August 30, 2015.

STORY 1:  You may or may not Have been keeping your eye on the Royal Commission into sexual abuse, but on Monday last week, there was some important testimony given.You probably heard the bishop's opinion about Cardinal Pell - that he broke the unity of the Australian Catholic bishops response. Those were the headlines. But Retired Catholic bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who led the church's response to sexual abuse right up until 2004 gave MUCH more significant testimony than that. …

"Yeshivah Centre's (Melbourne) Rabbi Telsner must go [comment]”, Melbourne, Manny Waks, August 30, 2015.

The following letter was sent by a Yeshivah Centre Melbourne victim/survivor of child sexual abuse to a member of the current (interim) Committee of Management. …

"Heart attack kills Vatican child abuse defendant Jozef Wesolowski", Vatican City, Courier-Mail (Australia), August 29, 2015.

"Alcohol, beatings and sex predators: Inside Sunbury’s Salesian mansion of pure evil", VIC, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, August 29, 2015.

"Paedophile priest found guilty of sex, physical assaults at Salesian College", VIC, The Age, A Cooper and M Russell, August 28, 2015.

"Prominent Catholic priest Father Julian Fox jailed for child sex crimes", Melbourne, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, August 28, 2015.

The former Australian head of the second-largest Catholic order in the world has been jailed for child sex crimes. Father Julian Fox, 70, is today behind bars, 16 years after being accused of child sex crimes while teaching at Melbourne schools in the 1980s and 1990s. …

"David Volmer to face Perth District Court on pedophile ring charges", Perth, WA, The Australian, Kate Campbell, August 28, 2015.

… Volmer has previously admitted sexually abusing the 13-year-old girl at the centre of shocking pedophile ring allegations involving eight men, including her own father. … A sentencing date was set for November 5.

"Why does it take victims of child sex abuse so long to speak up?", Australia, The Conversation, Michael Salter, August 27, 2015.

"Public hearing into Salvation Army (Southern Territory)", Adelaide, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, August 25, 2015.

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. …

"Silence in the Catholic church may be its weapon of self destruction [comment]”, Australia, The Guardian, Kristina Keneally, August 25, 2015.

"Australia--Victims praise bishop for ‘rare honesty’ [comment]”, Sydney, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, David Clohessy, August 24, 2015.

… Finally, a Catholic bishop tells the truth: Pope Francis isn’t showing real leadership on abuse and Cardinal George Pell took action on abuse only because a secular official threatened him. …

"'Some popes gave out the wrong message', retired bishop tells sex abuse inquiry", Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald, Rachel Browne, August 24, 2015.

… In a day of testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Bishop Robinson said sexual abuse had been covered up by the church and suspect priests were moved between parishes due to a failure of leadership within the church. …

"Bishop critical of Pell on abuse response [w/ video]”, Sydney, Sky News, August 24, 2015.

"Church did not want to know about abuse: bishop", Sydney, Central Telegraph, August 24, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Former pope John Paul II handled allegations 'poorly', inquiry hears", Sydney, ABC News, Paul Donoughue, August 24, 2015.

"George Pell criticised by Catholic bishop as 'destroyer of unity' on child sex abuse", Sydney, The Guardian, Bridie Jabour, August 23, 2015.

"Soaring rates of mental illness, substance abuse for children in care: report", VIC, The Age, Jill Stark, August 23, 2015.

"Bishop to tell how church erred on abuse", Sydney, SBS AAP, August 21, 2015.

… Former Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who helped write the church's sex abuse policy in Australia, will give evidence at a public hearing of the abuse royal commission on Monday. …

"Russian Orthodox Priest charged for committing offences against 15-year-old boy - SCC Sex Crimes Squad", Sydney, New South Wales Police Force August 20, 2015.

"Child safe training increases almost six-fold since royal commission announced", Australia, ABC News, Angela Lavoipierre, August 19, 2015.

"Retta Dixon home failed to protect children, royal commission finds", NT, The Guardian, Helen Davidson, August 19, 2015.

"Findings released into the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin", Darwin, NT, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, August 19, 2015.

"Sex abuse alleged at children's home", Perth, The West Australian, Liam Croy, August 18, 2015.

"Child sexual abuse royal commission: Working with children checks should be urgently strengthened and unified, report finds", Sydney, ABC News, Danuta Kozaki, August 17, 2015.

"Sweeping changes needed to ensure child safety: Royal Commission", Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald, Rachel Browne, August 17, 2015.

"Child checks for all religious leaders, inquiry recommends", Sydney, The Australian, Rick Morton, August 17, 2015.

"Working with Children Checks", Australia, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, August 17, 2015.

The Royal Commission released its report on Working With Children Checks on 17 August 2015. The recommendations in the report aim to strengthen the protection children receive through Working With Children Checks. Download the full report

"Australian diplomat's son in Tokyo St Mary's child sexual abuse story", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Simon Scott, August 16, 2015.

… Suddenly, Lawrence Lambert and another Catholic Brother entered, made the sign of the cross and then approached him. "Brother Lawrence said I was to be punished for eating in the chapel," he recalls. "I was taken to a table near the door and made to face it and drop my pants and bend over. I thought I was to be spanked. One of them pulled my pants right off." Then, he says, "Brother Lawrence started to sodomise me. I had no idea of what he was doing, only that it hurt." …

"Sex abuse Royal Commission: Church elder reveals seven men control Jehovah’s Witness teachings", Australia, The Daily Telegraph, August 14, 2015.

"Jehovah's Witness leader testifies from Toowoomba", Australia, The Chronicle, Tara Miko, August 14, 2015.

"Senior Jehovah's Witness Geoffrey Jackson says church might offer compensation to alleged abuse victims", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Rachel Browne, August 14, 2015.

"Abuse redress depends on God: Jehovah's", Australia, 9 News, Annette Blackwell, August 14, 2015.

A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses' governing body will give evidence at a royal commission hearing into child sex abuse on Friday.

"Statement Regarding Tzedek bringing Dr. Goldwasser to Australia by Josh Bornstein, President of Tzedek:", Melbourne, Tzedek, August 14, 2015.

"Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant forced to stand down over intimidating child sex abuse victims returns to teaching", Melbourne, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, August 13, 2015.

"Doctor who tried to cure homosexuality to speak at Australian child sex abuse victim event", Melbourne, Sydney Morning Herald, Kate Aubusson, August 13, 2015.

"Plan for victims’ redress scheme", VIC, PS News, August 12, 2015.

The Department of Justice and Regulation has released a Consultation Paper exploring the possibility of establishing a redress scheme for victims of institutional child abuse.

"New way to engage with Royal Commissions in real time", Australia, iWire, Alex Zaharov-Reutt, August 11, 2015.

"Flawed report denies justice to clergy-sex victims", VIC, The Age, Judy Courtin, August 10, 2015.

… In 2011 and 2012, The Age published a series of important articles reporting on the premature deaths, including by suicide, of 43 men who allegedly had been sexually assaulted as children by since-convicted Catholic clergy paedophiles, including Gerald Ridsdale​ and Robert Best. … The Sexual Crimes Squad of Victoria Police completed its report, known as Operation Plangere​, in December 2012. It was not made public until May 2015. …

"EXCLUSIVE: The sordid truth behind Australia's worst paedophile ring: The girl, 13, 'forced into sex slavery by her own father' and the 'God-loving' pastor who gave her amyl nitrate before raping her", Perth, Daily Mail, Daniel Piotrowski, August 10, 2015.

"Legal action threat against abuse inquiry", Australia, 9 News AAP, August 10, 2015.

"Knox headmaster's failure to volunteer information not a crime, inquiry hears", Australia, The Guardian AAP, August 10, 2015.

"Church abused stands strong with Van Ryn victims", Gega, NSW, Bega District News, Ben Smyth, August 10, 2015.

… “Everyone should have the courage to stand up for the child and speak out against the paedophile,” John writes. Read his story below …

John has offered a compassionate and understanding ear to those trying to come to terms with abuse.  … Send an email to BDN editor Ben Smyth on ben.smyth@fairfaxmedia.com.au or call me on 6492 1177 and I can get you in touch with John. I also stake my reputation as a journalist on keeping all details confidential.

"Jehovah's Witness Church must change after Royal Commission hearings [OPINION, w/ video]", Australia, ABC - The Drum, Paul Grundy, August 10, 2015.

"Jehovah's boss to appear at abuse inquiry", Sydney, SBS, AAP, August 10, 2015.

Commissioner Peter McClellan decided after hearing further evidence that Mr Jackson should be summoned.

"Pell should take Ballarat stand: Andrews", Melbourne, Daily Mail, AAP, August 7, 2015.

"Marist Brothers' apology to victim who ‘stepped out of the shadows’", NSW, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy, Aug. 7, 2015.

… Patrick Garnham received the apology as part of a settlement after telling the Marist Brothers he was sexually abused by Marist Maitland principal Brother Nestor, whose real name is John Littler, in 1976 when he was 11. …

"Cleric suspected of child abuse in US jailed in Australia", Melbourne, The Public Opinion, July 24, 2015.

"Catholic Brother Bernard Hartman jailed for three years over sex attacks on children in 1970s and 1980s", Melbourne, Herald Sun, Padraic Murphy, July 24, 2015.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne knew a Marianist brother was a sexual predator of children decades ago but it was not until today his victims finally saw him jailed. …

"Jail for Catholic brother over Vic abuse", Melbourne, Sky News, July 24, 2015.

An American Catholic brother who abused two little girls in Melbourne after gaining their parents' trust will spend the next two years behind bars. Marianist Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman, now 75, was invited into family homes for dinner while he was a teacher and counsellor at the then-St Paul's College in the 1970s. …

"Sex abuse victims expect to be let down by commission evidence", Melbourne, The Australian, John Ferguson, July 23, 2015.

"Character evidence will be produced in case against Philip Wilson", Newcastle, NSW, ABC News, July 22, 2015.

"Ballarat hires QC for Ronald Mulkearns in pedophile priest case", Ballarat, VIC, The Australian, Tessa Akerman, July 22, 2015.

"Abuse crime laws must target institutions", Australia, 9 News, July 20, 2015.

Australia is ready for new laws to hold institutions criminally responsible for child sexual abuse, a report says. …

"Paedophilia and the Vatican", NSW, Red Flag, Robert Austin, July 18, 2015.

"60 Minutes investigates alleged Westminster paedophile network [w/ video]”, Australia, News.com.au, Ross Coulthart, July 20, 2015.

 "Westminster paedophile scandal: Tory minister Leon Brittan 'liked boys to dress in women's underwear' [w/ video]", UK, International Business Times, Ewan Palmer, July 20, 2015.

Former home secretary Leon Brittan and ex-MI6 agent Peter Hayman are among the suspects who were involved in paedophile rings operating in the 1980s, according to reports. The late Conservative MP and British diplomat were both named by alleged victims during an investigation by Australian current affairs programme 60 Minutes entitled Spies, Lords and Predators. …

"SNAP Update, Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is Off to an Impressive Start", USA, Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Guest Blog, July 20, 2015.

A half a billion dollars. That’s how much Australian government officials will spend. Five years (through 2017). That’s how long they’ll work. Toward what end? Investigating, exposing – and hopefully preventing – future child sex crimes and cover ups in institutions. … So what makes this Australian initiative, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, significant and different? …

"Child sexual abuse claims no longer subject to limitation periods in Victoria", Victoria, Lexology, Gadens Lawyers, July 16 2015.

Victoria has now abolished limitation periods within which to sue for injury arising out of child abuse. …

"Child sex abuse: Criminally liable institutions could be ordered to pay compensation", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Lee, July 17, 2015.

… The report, published on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's website on Friday, said organisations should be held criminally liable for abuse perpetrated by people linked to them, because targeting only offenders did not offer victims complete justice. …

"Research report into sentencing for child sexual abuse in institutional contexts released", Australia, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, July 17, 2015.

The Royal Commission has released a report that examines sentencing law and practice in Australia as it relates to institutional child sexual abuse. The report was prepared by Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg from Monash University, Hugh Donnelly from the Judicial Commission of New South Wales and Dr Karen Gelb, a consultant criminologist. …

"National Child Abuse Redress Scheme ‘Complicated’", Australia, Pro Bono, July 16, 2015.

… “Our terms of reference require us to consider justice for survivors,” Justice McClellan said. “There are three avenues through which justice can be provided. The first two are the civil and criminal justice systems. However, legal proceedings often present insurmountable challenges, both financial and emotional, to survivors. There can be no doubt that for many people their only opportunity for justice will be through an effective redress scheme. …

"Institutions need to be accountable for child abuse under their care: RC Chair [audio report]", Perth, ABC – AM, Bridget Brennan, July 15, 2015.

"Malka Leifer: Former Melbourne Jewish school principal wins further delay in fight against extradition from Israel on abuse allegations", Melbourne, ABC News, Sophie McNeill, July 16, 2015.

"Female Jewish principal who fled to Israel after being accused of child sex abuse claims she is 'psychotic and stressed' as she fights extradition to Melbourne", Melbourne, Daily Mail, Emily Crane and Sarah Dean, July 15, 2015.

"Evangelical church failed WA sexual abuse victim", Perth, news.com.au, July 12, 2015.

"Lismore priest arrested 90 minutes before Crescent Head tribute over historic child sex allegations", NSW, Daily Telegraph, Ashlee Mullany, July 11, 2015.

"Catholic brother who taught at North Catholic faces sentencing in Australia for sexual assaults",  USA, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Peter Smith, July 10, 2015.

"OH--PA--Cleric who worked in Dayton and Pittsburgh abused girl with turkey baster", Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, July 9, 2015.

"US child molester would be a soft target in jail, court told", Melbourne, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, July 8, 2015.

"Catholic brother a brazen offender who grossly abused his child victims, Melbourne court hears", Melbourne, ABC News, July 8, 2015.

"Paedophile Catholic brother underwent psycho-sexual therapy", Melbourne, The Age, Mark Russell, July 8, 2015.

"Archbishop Fisher: Australian critics want Cardinal Pell ‘humiliated’", Rome, Crux, John L. Allen Jr., July 2, 2015.

"Man claims sadistic sex abuse[w/ video]”, WA, The West Australian, Amanda Banks, July 2, 2015.

… A writ filed this week outlines the Perth man’s claims of psychiatric and psychological harm from the abuse he alleges was inflicted at Castledare Boys Home by Brothers Verdon, Dick and Daly between 1971 and 1973. …

'If you tell, you go to hell'

During Pope Benedict's visit to Britain  in the north of England
(16 September 2010)
Channel 4 News Nick Martin meets three clerical sex abuse victims who tell him their harrowing stories.


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We realize it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, and we thank you for visiting our site. We also realize this trauma reaches family members and those who are concerned and frustrated about the sex abuse crisis within the religious community.

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"The Role of Church Law in the Child Abuse Issue: Help or Hindrance"

Catholics For Renewal. VIC, YouTube, October 29, 2014.

Part 1 - Speaker, Kieran Tapsell

Part 2 - Responder, Professor Ian 

(ABC 4 Corners videos)

May 27, 1996

Twice Betrayed-Part1

Twice Betrayed-Part2

Twice Betrayed-Part3

Twice Betrayed-Part4

The Homies August 18, 2003

Unholy Silence August 24, 2012

Cult of Horrors July 28, 2014

In the Name of the Law  August 12, 2014

Click the story title to view video

Secrets of the Vatican

PBS Frontline Video
February 25, 2014


BBC Panorama Report

14 Septemeber 2010


The CNN Report

25 September 2010

The Oprah Show

200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward: Full Episode

January 31, 2013 Interview with Peter Isely, SNAP founding member, advocate of the 200 abused men, and clergy abuse survivor himself.

Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Share Their Stories

Pedophiles and Impunity

[9 part documentary]

John Wojnowski

Haunted by his sexual abuse as a child, he has stood outside the Washington, DC Vatican embassy nearly every day since April 1998. His lonely vigil has made him a hero to victims of sexual abuse worldwide.
“Pope Protester: 17-Year Fight Against Child Sex Abuse [video]”, Washington, DC, CNS Maryland, September 22, 2015.
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