Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Celebrates 25 Years
View Slide Show

[Click on the BLUE headings/titles below to open the page with the information]

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.
 Click Here: LewisBlayse.net
"Betrayal of Trust"
Victoria Parliament's 

"Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations"
Inquiry Report Summary
 13 Nov. 2013
To read the Committee's report click on
Exc Summary        Vol. 1        Vol. 2

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.

TELE:     131 114

Contact Information &

Meeting Announcements 

Where To Report Your Abuse

Victims' Stories (listen and read)

Public Awareness Presentations and Radio Interviews

Information and Support

Other Australian organisations concerned with child abuse prevention.


Partial List

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

[click HERE for Transcript]

OPINION: Sex abuse survivors want to be believed

By Bob OToole and Lindsay Gardiner
April 2, 2013

Click "OPINION" to read Article

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.

Click "Call"  for story and video

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

Download audio

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.
Click HERE to listen to these stories.




[Click on the BLUE heading above for
healines and news archives]

[Click on the BLUE story titles below to open the recent stories]

"Collins: Abuse commission member's leave followed difficult discussions on group's purpose", Rome, National Catholic Reporter, Joshua J. McElwee, February 10, 2016.

… Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who is one of the 17 members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, writes Wednesday in a statement for NCR that the leave of absence request arose after a "difference in understanding of the mission and the powers" of the group. The decision taken by the group, she states, was to ask fellow member Peter Saunders to "take leave of absence to decide how he could contribute to the Commission." …

"Vatican abuse commission member responds to leave of absence controversy[Viewpoint]”, Rome, Natonal Catholic Reporter, Marie Collins, February 9, 2016.

Editor's Note: Marie Collins is an Irish sexual abuse survivor and a member of Pope Francis' Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. She wrote the following statement for NCR following the commission's decision Saturday that fellow member Peter Saunders take a leave of absence from their work.

As a survivor of child clerical sexual abuse I spent many years silent, then many years speaking out to expose the way the Catholic Church had protected itself and abandoned children to the abusers in its midst. The anger I felt at the continuing reluctance by many Church leaders to report the perpetrators, to cooperate with civil authorities, to treat survivors with justice was overwhelming. …

"Catholic Bishop on trial for molesting boys", WA, The West Australian, Tim Clarke, February 8, 2016.

"Bishop's New Norcia child sex allegations a 'mistake', court hears", WA, WA Today, February 8, 2016.

"Former ADF Catholic bishop Max Davis 'abused boys under pretence of medical exam'", WA, ABC News, Pamela Medlen, February 8, 2016.

"Bishop's child sex offences a 'mistake'", WA, Sky News, February 8, 2016.

… Bishop Max Leroy Davis, 70, is charged with six counts of being grossly indecent with five boys under the age of 15 between December 1968 and October 1972 at St Benedict's College in New Norcia, northeast of Perth. …

"Sordid stories of child abuse undermine confidence in churches", Australia, Mercury, Rex Gardner, February 8, 2016.

… Their ongoing message — however meaningful — will simply bounce off people who have lost faith and trust. We’re not listening and believing the message any more, no matter what you say. …

"Sex Abuse Survivors Outraged As George Pell Remains In Rome", Australia, Huffington Post, Eoin Blackwell, February 8, 2016.

… Commission Chair, Justice Peter McClellan, said he accepted medical evidence there would be a risk to the 74-year-old's health if he is forced to fly to Australia to give evidence. …

"Vatican treasurer may front Australian abuse inquiry remotely – judge", Australia, Central Chronicle, February 8, 2016.

"George Pell to remain in Rome", Australia, The New Daily, Michelle Brown, February 8, 2016.

Cardinal George Pell has been excused from giving evidence in person to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

"Royal Commission: George Pell to give evidence by video link", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald,  Rachel Browne, February 8, 2016.

"George Pell excused from giving evidence at child abuse royal commission in person", Australia, ABC News, Michelle Brown, February 8, 2016.

"George Pell cleared to give sex abuse royal commission evidence by video link", Australia, The Guardian, Melissa Davey, February 8, 2016.

Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, will give evidence about child sex abuse that occurred within his parishes via videolink following a ruling by the chair of the royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse, Justice Peter McClellan. …

"George Pell: Royal commission into child sexual abuse to decide whether Cardinal can testify from Rome", VIC, ABC News, Charlotte King, February 8, 2016.

"British Catholic church child abuse campaigner demands meeting with Pope after his ousting", Rome, Telegraph (UK), Andrea Vogt, February 7, 2016.

… "The apparent attempt by the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to eject an outspoken survivor raises serious doubts about its integrity and independence," Anne Barrett Doyle, co-founder of BishopAccountability.org said. ... “Someone in the commission said, ‘You know Rome wasn’t built in a day, don’t expect the church to change overnight’,” he said. “My response was, ‘It only takes a few seconds to rape a child and that child’s life is changed forever.’ We know abuse in the church is rampant. We need more action now.” …

"Vatican ‘corrupt’ says child protection commission member", Rome, Irish Times, Paddy Agnew, February 7, 2016.

UK child sex abuse lobbyist Peter Saunders, who was given a “leave of absence” from his role in the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, has said that the “Vatican system” seems “essentially corrupt and unwilling to do the right thing”. …

"Chilean alleges sex abuse cover-up, asks pope to sack bishop", Vatican City, Daily Mail (UK), Philip Pullella, February 7, 2016.

… Juan Carlos Cruz delivered the letters with Peter Saunders, a prominent and outspoken British member of a papal advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy. Saunders on Saturday refused to step down despite a no-confidence vote, and said only the pope could dismiss him. The letters were left for Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, the president of the commission, at a Rome guest house where the commission was meeting. O'Malley was asked to give them to the pope, Saunders and Cruz said. …

"Terminally ill bishop Ronald Mulkearns reportedly spotted walking around gardens", Victoria, The Courier, Melissa Cunningham, February 7, 2016.

… Recent photos believed to be of Bishop Mulkearns, show him walking around the gardens of a nursing home, using a walking frame and without any medical assistance. …

"Priest stood aside from ministry", Australia/Nigeria, Catholic Leader, February 7, 2016.

… The Archdiocese of Brisbane has confirmed that Fr Onuoha, the parish priest of Gatton-Laidley, was stood aside while in Nigeria on holidays. He will remain in Nigeria while the investigation into these allegations is conducted by an independent panel appointed by his Bishop. …

"Clergy abuse victims in limbo again", Australia, Newcastle Herald, Melissa Cunningahm, February 7, 2016.

Clergy abuse victims have been left reeling again with uncertainty surrounding whether Cardinal George Pell will appear at a child sex abuse inquiry in the city this month. … David Ridsdale, victim and nephew of disgraced priest Gerald Ridsdale, said there was a “mental health emergency” in Ballarat and victims had been thrown into limbo again, only adding to their turmoil. "If a fire ripped through Ballarat and burnt down 20 per cent of houses it would be deemed an emergency and a fund would be set up to help everybody involved,” he said. ...

"Critic of Vatican refuses to step down", Rome, Herald Sun (Australia), February 6, 2016.

"Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from sex abuse commission", Vatican City, Reuters, February 6, 2016.

"Vatican--Victims blast Vatican over papal panel's role", United States, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, February 6, 2016.

"Priest Abuse Victim Is Suspended From Vatican Panel", Rome, The New York Times, Elisabetta Povoledo and Laurie Goodstein, February 6, 2016.

… But the suspended commission member, Peter Saunders, said at a news conference in Rome on Saturday evening that he would stand his ground. “I have not left, and am not leaving my position on the commission,” Mr. Saunders said. “I was appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis, and I will talk only with him about my position.” …

"UPDATED: Papal Commission Asks British Survivor Member to Take Leave of Absence", Rome, America Magazine, Gerard O'Connell, February 6, 2016.

The commission set up by Pope Francis to advise him on the Protection of Children has “decided” that Mr. Peter Saunders (UK), one of the two survivors of sexual abuse on this body, should “take a leave of absence from his membership to consider how he might best support the commission’s work.” ...

"Sex abuse survivor on leave from Vatican panel", Rome, CNN, Ray Sanchez, February 6, 2016.

… But Peter Saunders, an outspoken critic of the papal commission, responded: "I have not left and I'm not leaving." Founder of the London-based National Association for People Abused in Childhood, Saunders told reporters, "I was appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis and I will only talk to him about my position." …

"Critic refuses to quit Vatican sex abuse commission", Vatican City, BBC News, February 6, 2016.

 [Peter Saunders statement - via BishopAccountability.org] … Responding to a Vatican statement about his leave of absence, Mr Saunders was quoted by Reuters as saying in Rome: "I was never told in advance of any such statement. "I find it outrageous that I was not told, much less that the statement occurred before I had had any time to reflect on what I might do next. "I have not left and I'm not leaving my position on the commission. I was appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis and I will only talk to him about my position." …

"Abuse survivor disputes removal from Vatican commission, seeks papal meeting", Rome, National Catholic Reporter, Joshua J. McElwee, February 6, 2016.

… "I have not left and I am not leaving my position on the commission," said British children's advocate Peter Saunders. "I was appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis and I will only talk to him about my position." …

"Vatican--Prominent survivor leaves papal panel; SNAP responds", United States, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, February 6, 2016.

"Press Conference: Statement Prior to Questions", Rome, BishopAccountability.org, Peter Saunders (Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors), February 6, 2016.

"Sex Abuse Survivor Takes Leave Of Absence From Vatican Commission On Protecting Survivors", Vatican City, International Business Times, Ismat Sarah Mangla, February 6, 2016.

… at a meeting on Saturday, "it was decided that Mr. Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence from his membership to consider how he might best support the commission's work," the Vatican said. As a result, only one abuse survivor, Marie Collins, is still on the panel. …

"Pope's sex abuse panel tells abuse survivor to take a leave", Vatican City, Orange County Register, Nicole Winfield, February 6, 2016.

Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission. Peter Saunders, a British advocate for victims, had been highly critical of the Vatican’s slow progress in taking measures to protect children and punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests. … The head of the commission, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, said after Saturday’s vote that Saunders had been asked to consider forming an external group of survivors to help advise the commission.

"Sex abuse survivor removed from Vatican panel", Vatican City, Deutsche Welle, February 6, 2016.

"Critic of Vatican leaves its sexual abuse commission", Vatican City, Reuters, February 6, 2016.

... A statement said that at a commission meeting "it was decided" that Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence. Saunders, head of Britain's National Association for People Abused in Childhood, would now "consider how he might best support the commission's work".  ... .

"Vatican--Prominent survivor leaves papal panel; SNAP responds", United States, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, February 6, 2016.

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com) [USA Today]

"British victim steps down from Vatican inquiry into clerical sex abuse", Vatican City, The Guardian, Rosie Scammell, February 6, 2016.

"Pope's Sex Abuse Panel Tells Survivor to Take a Time-Out", Vatican City, New York Times, February 6, 2016.

… Peter Saunders, a British advocate for victims, had been highly critical of the Vatican's slow pace of progress in taking measures to protect children and punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests. He had also wanted the commission to intervene immediately in individual cases, rather than just craft long-term policies to fight abuse. … He said the Vatican's inaction in the face of continuing cases of children being raped and molested "made me lose faith in the process and lose faith in Pope Francis."

"Sex Abuse Survivor Leaves Vatican Commission", Vatican City, Sky News, February 6, 2016.

… Mr Saunders made headlines last year when he said that Australian Cardinal George Pell should be dismissed over claims he failed to take action to protect children years ago. …

"High-Profile Advocate Takes Leave From Papal Commission On Sex Abuse", Vatican City, NPR, Camila Domonoske, February 6, 2016.

"Abuse survivor no longer working with Vatican commission", Rome, National Catholic Reporter, Joshua J. McElwee, February 6, 2016.

"Child abuse campaigner handpicked by the Pope to head up commission into paedophile priests suddenly leaves the Vatican 24 hours after warning the pontiff he has to do more to tackle the issue", Vatican City, Daily Mail (UK), Katie Louise Davies, February 6, 2016.

"British member of Vatican sexual abuse commission leaves", Vatican City, Channel News Asia, February 6, 2016.

… Last year, Saunders made waves when he said that Australian Cardinal George Pell should be dismissed over allegations he failed to take action to protect children years ago.. Pell is now the Vatican's economic minister. …

"Campaigner issues warning to Pope Francis ahead of abuse commission meeting", Rome, Premier, Aaron James, February 5, 2016.

… Peter Saunders, who is one the members of the Holy See's Clerical Abuse Commission, was speaking before it hosted a three-day event to review the Catholic Church's safeguarding policies and the punishments in place for those who break the rules, or covered up for those who do. Mr Saunders told The Times: "It will be outrageous if he doesn't attend and I will say so." …

"Members of the pope’s abuse commission watch ‘Spotlight’ movie", Rome, Crux, Inés San Martín, February 5, 2016.

… Peter Saunders, a British member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors led by Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, told Crux that some members watched the film Thursday night at the Domus Santa Marta, the hotel on Vatican grounds where the pope lives. Francis was not present. …

"On The Eve Of Clerical Sex Abuse Commission Meeting, The Vatican Held A Screening Of ‘Spotlight’", United States, Think Progress, Jessica Goldstein February 5, 2016.

Spotlight, a Best Picture contender at the Oscars, is a gripping exploration of how reporters at the Boston Globe revealed rampant sexual abuse among priests in Boston and the lengths to which the clergy went to keep those crimes under-wraps. …

"Abuse survivor on Vatican panel criticises Francis for not joining meetings", Vatican City, Catholic Herald (UK), February 5, 2016.

… Peter Saunders, who was abused by a priest as a child, had been handpicked by the Pope to serve on a Vatican sex abuse commission in 2014. But he told the Times this week that he had asked the Pope to appear at a three-day meeting of the commission, which starts today, to defend his record. … The Pope set up the commission with promises to clean up the Church after a decade-long sex abuse scandal that uncovered abuse by priests of minors in several countries. Last year he created a new tribunal that punished bishops for covering up. …

"Vatican Commission on Sex Abuse Holds Private ‘Spotlight’ Screening", Rome, Hollywood Reporter, Ariston Anderson, February 5, 2016.

… A new commission at the Vatican to combat sex abuse within the Catholic Church kicked off Thursday with a private screening of the Oscar-nominated film Spotlight, a searing look into the journalists who uncovered the abuses that persisted for decades within the Boston Catholic Church. …

"Pope's commission to protect children watch Oscar-nominated Spotlight", Rome, The Guardian (UK), Stephanie Kirchgaessner, February 4, 2016.

The members of Pope Francis’s commission to protect children have seen the Oscar-nominated film Spotlight together amid criticism that the pontiff needs to follow through on his promise of “zero tolerance” for clerical sex abuse and cover-ups. …

"Vatican panel kicks off meeting on sexual abuse by watching 'Spotlight'", Rome, Los Angeles Times, Tom Kington, February 4, 2016.

… The extraordinary screening was held on the eve of a three-day meeting by the commission, and was shown in the same church residence in central Rome where Francis — then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — stayed before his election as pope in 2013. …

"New film, "Spotlight": How a U.S. newspaper exposed the church's child-abuse, like Australia's Broken Rites did", Australia, Broken Rites, January 22, 2016.

In 1993, Broken Rites Australia began researching — and exposing — the Catholic Church's sex-abuse cover-ups throughout Australia. Ten years later, in 2002 and 2003, the Boston Globe newspaper revealed similar cover-ups in the United States, Now, people can see the Boston story told in a major film, Spotlight, which is being released in Australian cinemas on 28 January 2016. …

"Spotlight: a brilliant film with such explosive subject matter it died several deaths before being made", Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald, Stephanie Bunbury, January 22, 2016.

"Spotlight review: Restrained, realistic view of investigative reporting provokes cold fury", Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald, Paul Byrnes, January 20, 2016.

“Spotlight: Exclusive screening plus Q&A with Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker”, Melbourne, The Age, January 12, 2016.

Where: Kino Cinema, Melbourne,When: 6:30pm, January 19th, 2016,  Buy Now: Click here to buy tickets

"Silent No More – a ground-breaking and positive Yeshivah Centre initiative", Melbourne, Manny Waks, November 18, 2015.

It took some time but it’s finally worked out. I’m delighted that the Melbourne Yeshivah Centre is undertaking this ground-breaking and positive initiative. It’s precisely what I’ve wanted all along – to engage. … From my perspective, the point of this evening is to engage and discuss. We may not walk away agreeing about everything but let’s at least put it all out there and be honest with each other. By the end of the evening, hopefully the level of animosity and disharmony will have been significantly reduced. And this can only happen through honest and open dialogue. …

"Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers to grill two abuse victims during royal commission", Ballarat, VIC, Herald Sun, November 18, 2015.

… The Herald Sun can reveal lawyers for the Cardinal will recall at least two witnesses when the royal commission continues its probe into the Ballarat diocese. The move comes despite a former commitment by the Catholic Church not to subject victims of child sexual abuse to gruelling cross-examination. …

"Court closes files to public on bishop’s alleged cover-up", Ballarat, VIC, The Australian, Katherine Towers, Tessa Akerman, November 18, 2015.

The Victorian Supreme Court is refusing to release files detailing a string of legal claims against former bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns over his alleged role in covering up the extensive sexual abuse of children by pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale. …

"Sex abuse victims struggle for justice in Brisbane's web of powerful interests", QLD, The Guardian, Joshua Robertson, November 16, 2015.

"Submissions published on risk of child sexual abuse in schools", Australia, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, November 16, 2015.

The Royal Commission has published 33 submissions from schools, government and non-government organisations in response to its issues paper on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in schools. … Submissions to Issues Paper 9 are published on the Royal Commission website.

"Child abuse royal commission: Anglican Church to refund school fees to victims of sexual abuse at schools in Brisbane diocese", Brisbane, QLD, ABC News, Matt Eaton and Francis Tapim, November 14, 2015.

… The fee refund announcement came after Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall received a letter by a woman whose brother was abused at the Anglican-run St Paul's, requesting his tuition fees be repaid. …

"The many trials of Cardinal George Pell", Australia, The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, November 14, 2015.

 Back in March, on the second anniversary of his pontificate, Pope Francis announced a year to be dedicated to the major theme of his papacy, mercy. … Among the many descriptors that have been applied to Cardinal Pell, “merciful” does not feature prominently. …

"Warrant issued for former St Stanislaus' College priest", WA, Western Advocate, November 13, 2015.

… Glenn Michael Humphreys, 62, is already serving time in a Western Australia jail on four charges of molesting a 15-year-old boy in Perth in the 1980s. … Humphreys is accused of seven counts of indecent assault against a male and a further seven charges of sexual assault (category 4) indecent act against a person aged over 14 but under 16. …

"Catholic Church group raises concerns over Hunter region sexual abuse trials moving to Sydney", NSW, ABC News, Giselle Wakatama, November 13, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Headmaster knew counsellor shared penis stories", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 13, 2015.

" 'We did not do enough to help you": Hollingworth apologises to abuse victims' [w/ video]”, QLD, 7 News AAP, November 13, 2015.

Former governor-general Peter Hollingworth has begun giving evidence at the child sex abuse royal commission, apologising unreservedly to survivors. …

"Counsellor discussing student penis size did not alarm principal, inquiry hears", QLD, The Guardian, Joshua Robertson, November 13, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Peter Hollingworth, former governor-general and Anglican Archbishop apologises to victims of paedophile teachers", QLD, ABC News, Allyson Horn and Donna Field, November 13, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Peter Hollingworth's apology in full", QLD, Brisbane Times, Peter Hollingworth, November 13, 2015.

"I failed abuse victims: Hollingworth", QLD, Daily Telegraph AAP, November 13, 2015.

"Peter Hollingworth before abuse commission", [w/ video]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 13, 2015.

Former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth has admitted a "massive failure" in promoting a headmaster who hired two paedophiles. …

"Royal Commission into child sex abuse continues", QLD, The Courier-Mail, David Murray, November 13, 2015.

"Community shock at arrest of popular Catholic priest on child sexual assault charge", NSW, ABC News, November 12, 2015.

… Father Neru Leuea, aged 49, of Narrandera was refused bail in Wagga Wagga Local Court on Thursday on a single charge of aggravated sexual assault of a girl aged under 16. …

"Child abuse royal commission: Headmaster didn't think fondling was criminal act [w/ audio]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 12, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: St Paul's principal was told 'a few things' about Kevin Lynch  [w/ audio]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 12, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Hollingworth 'washed his hands' of complaints [w/ audio]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 12, 2015.

"Royal Commission into child sex abuse continues", QLD, The Courier-Mail, Matthew Killoran, November 12, 2015.

A handwritten note by former St Paul’s principal Gilbert Case revealed he was aware of allegations pedophile music teacher Gregory Robert Knight had cupped a boy’s genitals. …

"Clergy 'washed hands' of abuse complaints at Brisbane school, inquiry told [audio report]", QLD, ABC – PM, Thomas Oriti, November 12, 2015.

"Abolish restrictions on sexual abuse civil actions, Liberal MP Graham Jacobs says", WA, ABC News, Jacob Kagi, November 12, 2015.

… Eyre MP Graham Jacobs will this morning introduce a bill seeking to remove the six-year statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases in WA. If the legislation passes, it will allow people who suffered physical or mental injuries as a result of abuse to take civil action seeking compensation, regardless of how long ago it occurred. …

"St Paul's counsellor victim wore a wire in bid to catch abuser, inquiry told", QLD, The Guardian, Australian Associated Press, November 11, 2015.

"Priest working as NSW police chaplain charged over alleged historical sex assault of 10-year-old girl", NSW, 9 News, November 11, 2015.

"Police chaplain charged over child sexual assault" NSW, Sydney Morning Herald, November 11, 2015.

"'Please don't do this': former student tells of sadistic sex abuse at St Paul's", QLD, The Guardian, Australian Associated Press, November 11, 2015.

… But it didn’t stop Kevin John Lynch, an infamous abuser of boys at two Brisbane schools, from sadistically molesting him. …

"The trauma and catharsis sexual abuse victims experience during the royal commission [audio report]”, QLD, ABC News - Morning, Steve Austin, November 11, 2015.

Amanda Gearing is a Walkley Award winning journalist who has been helping hundreds of victims for over a decade. … Steve spoke to Amanda who has been sitting in on the Royal Commission hearings.

"School threatens ‘severe punishment’ to boys who reported abuse by convicted pedophile counsellor", QLD, Courier-Mail, Matthew Killoran, November 11, 2015.

"Priest arrested over alleged historical sexual assault - Narrandera", NSW, New South Wales Police Force, November 11, 2015.

"NSW priest charged over child sex assault", NSW, Sky News, November 11, 2015.

"Nicky Davis", Australia, Independent Australia, Nicky Davis, November 10, 2015.

For decades Nicky Davis was one of the silent majority of clergy abuse victims who believed no one would ever face responsibility for the many crimes against her. She finally reported her abuse after the appalling treatment of Australian survivors by Pope Benedict at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney. …

"A small act to give abused children a voice", VIC, The Conversation, Chris Goddard, November 10, 2015.

"Paedophile convicted of molesting boys across three states denies he's 'delusional' as he claims many of the allegations made against him were baseless", QLD, Daily Mail (UK), November 10, 2015.

"Pedophile denies attraction to boys", QLD, The Australian, Alexandra Patrikios AAP, November 10, 2015.

… Gregory Robert Knight previously taught in schools in South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory and attracted allegations of abuse in all three states. …

"Child abuse royal commission: Headmaster was warned about paedophile teacher [w/ audio]", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 10, 2015.

… Disgraced music teacher Gregory Robert Knight started teaching at St Paul's School in 1981, under headmaster Gilbert Case. …

"Child sex abuse royal commission: Senior politician to be grilled over reference", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 10, 2015.

A former deputy Premier will again take the stand on Tuesday to explain why he gave a positive reference to a man he knew to have sexually assaulted minors in his care. …

"Child abuse royal commission: Convicted paedophile who denied allegations labelled 'a disgrace'", QLD, ABC News, Donna Field, November 9, 2015.

… The conduct of former music teacher Gregory Robert Knight, as well as that of former counsellor Kevin John Lynch, is under scrutiny at the child sexual abuse royal commission underway at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

"Former SA deputy premier says he was 'naive' to give paedophile a reference", QLD, The Guardian, Joshua Robertson, November 9, 2015.

"Former religion writer Graham Downie writes on fallible religious leaders", QLD, The Canberra Times, John Thistleton, November 9, 2015.

A long-time religion writer does not have far to look for enough sex scandals to fill a book.
Retired Canberra Times journalist Graham Downie was not after scandal in his latest book, Servants and Leaders - Eminent Christians in their Own Words, but could hardly miss the extraordinary public utterances of people like Cardinal George Pell and former governor-general and previously Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, Peter Hollingworth. …

"Melbourne lawyer Alex Lewenberg facing sanctions over alleged comments to Jewish child sex abuse victim", VIC, Herald Sun, Shannon Deery, November 9, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: 'They called us liars' - mother", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 9, 2015.

… The mother of two former students told the child abuse royal commission she organised a meeting with Gilbert Case within a week of hearing complaints her son's friend was regularly "touched up" by music teacher Gregory Robert Knight under the guise of checking pockets for cigarettes. …

"Child abuse royal commission: Abused St Paul's schoolboy told to 'stop lying'", QLD, Brisbane Times, November 9, 2015.

"Royal Commission into child sex abuse continues", QLD, Courier-Mail, Matthew Killoran, November 09, 2015.

"Qld school, church dismissed me: victim", QLD, 7 News, Alexandra Patrikios, November 9, 2015.

A victim of a convicted pedophile at an elite Brisbane school says it's outrageous a lawyer for Peter Hollingworth asked him to delete references to the former governor-general from his statement to the sex abuse royal commission. …

"Child abuse royal commission: barrister asked victim not to mention Hollingworth [w/ video]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 9, 2015.

"Child abuse inquiry continues in Brisbane", QLD, 9 News AAP, November 9, 2015.

"Brisbane archbishop 'told abuse victim to ditch sinful path' of litigation, inquiry told", QLD, The Guardian, Australian Associated Press, November 8, 2015.

The former Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall, allegedly told a paedophile music tutor’s victim to turn away from his “sinful path” of pursuing legal action against the church. …

"Brisbane priest Andrew Johns defrocked over child exploitation material conviction", QLD, ABC News, November 7, 2015.

"Brisbane priest deposed from Holy Orders", QLD, Brisbane Times, November 7, 2015.

"Demons ruled abusive preacher", [w/ video]”, Perth, The West Australian, Tim Clarke, November 7, 2015.

Dawid Volmer moved to Australia because God spoke to him very clearly and told him to come. …

“School boss won't confirm abuse knowledge”, The Australian AAP, Nathan Paull, November 06, 2015.

"Australia closer to abuse redress scheme", Australia, 9 News, November 5, 2015.

… Victoria and NSW have joined faith-based institutions, including the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army, in backing the recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for a national approach to compensating victims. …

"Paedophile ring member and former pastor Dawid Volmer jailed for sexual abuse of 13yo girl", WA, ABC News, Joanna Menagh, November 5, 2015.

One of eight Perth men charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to more than 10 years' jail. …

"Paedophile jailed for abusing girl, 13 [w/ video]”, WA, The West Australia, Tim Clarke, November 5, 2015.

… David Volmer, 41, who was also known as Dawid Volmer, pleaded guilty earlier this year to 12 offences, including indecent dealing with a child, sexual penetration of a child and stupefying with intent to commit an indictable offence. …

"WA man jailed for raping blindfolded girl", WA, 7 News, Angie Raphael, November 5, 2015.

"Perth pastor Dawid Volmer jailed over pedophile ring sex abuse of teen girl, 13", WA, Perth Now, November 5, 2015.

… Volmer, 41, pleaded guilty to 12 charges — indecently dealing with a child, sexual penetration of a child and stupefying in order to commit an indictable offence — over the course of three sexual encounters with the girl. …

"Royal commission compiles disturbing profile of sex abuse", ACT, Sydney Morning Herald, Nick Toscano, November 5, 2015.

… In a speech on Thursday, chairman of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, will outline a statistical overview of the disturbing experiences of almost 2800 sex abuse victims collected so far. …

"My Alma Mater Has Been Exposed By The Royal Commission Into Child Sexual Abuse. Why Are They Acting Like It’s Business As Usual?", QLD, New Matilda, Ben Eltham, November 5, 2015.

"Former Brisbane Grammar headmaster says 'unlikely' he dismissed abuse claim", QLD, The Guardian, Joshua Robertson, November 4, 2015.

"Victim blasts Grammar School's culture of 'covering up'", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 4, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Grammar school solicitor under fire [w/ audio]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 4, 2015.

"Royal Commission into Child Sexual abuse: Maitland-Newcastle Catholic bishop backs federal help for victims", NSW, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy November 4, 2015.

"Victim blasts Grammar School's culture of 'covering up'", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 4, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Grammar school solicitor under fire [w/ audio]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 4, 2015.

"Brisbane Grammar counsellor ritually abused students, royal commission told", QLD, The Guardian, Joshua Robertson, November 3, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Father 'told principal' about sexual abuse of son at Brisbane Grammar School", QLD, ABC News, Louisa Rebgetz and Leonie Mellor, November 4, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Parents drove 400km to meet headmaster", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 4, 2015.

"Child abuse royal commission: Former Brisbane Grammar School counsellor hypnotised, sexually abused boys during sessions, inquiry hears", QLD, ABC News, Leonie Mellor and Louisa Rebgetz, November 3, 2015.

"Child abuse probe to hear of complaints to headmasters [w/ video]”, QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 3, 2015.

"Child sex abuse inquiry: Former Brisbane Grammar School students to detail years of abuse", QLD, The Courier-Mail, Matthew Killoran, David Murray, November 03, 2015.

"Former G-G expected to be called before royal commission into sexual abuse [w/ video]”, QLD, SBS, Stefan Armbruster, November 3, 2015.

"Former Brisbane students come forward to royal commission into abuse", QLD, Brisbane Times, Jorge Branco, November 2, 2015.

"Child sex inquiry: ‘Skippy’ victims may be in hundreds" QLD, The Australian, Michael McKenna, November 2, 2015.

The victims of notorious pedophile Kevin “Skippy’’ Lynch may be in the hundreds, with new ­evidence given to the royal commission into child sexual abuse about the unknown extent of his private “relaxation sessions’’ with students. …

"Crime commission issues chilling child exploitation warning", QLD, Brisbane Times, Cameron Atfield, October 31, 2015.

… Commissioner Michael Byrne, QC, handed down the report from the $6 million, six-month inquiry on Friday and there were predictions that would cause considerable community concern. …

“Movie Sneaks What 'Spotlight' respects about the church-scandal-breaking journalists and the actors who play them [w/ video]”, USA, Los Angeles Times, Glenn Whipp, October 30, 2015.

… McCarthy and "Spotlight" co-writer Josh Singer spent 2 1/2 years crafting a film that details the Globe's reporting, beginning in 2001, that proved Boston archdiocese leaders knew there was widespread sexual abuse among its priests but did little or nothing about it. …

"PM 'should follow' ALP on redress: church", Australia, 9 News AAP, October 28, 2015.

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. …

"Labor promises $33m compensation scheme for child sexual abuse survivors", Australia, The Guardian, Shalailah Medhora, October 26, 2015.

Up to 60,000 adult survivors of child sex abuse could receive monetary compensation through a national redress scheme if Labor wins office at the next federal election, the party announced on Tuesday. …

"Turnbull government yet to meet Catholic Church on abuse redress scheme", ACT, Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Lee, October 27, 2015.

… The Catholic Church is expected to be among the largest contributors, if not the largest, to compensation under the scheme. Francis Sullivan, chief executive officer of the church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, told Fairfax Media that he had not been able to meet Attorney-General George Brandis on the issue despite repeated requests this year. …

"Labor to set up fund for victims of church abuse", Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, Mark Kenny, October 26, 2015.

"More child abuse survivors aged over 60 seeking help, support group says on Blue Knot Day", Australia, ABC News, Ursula Malone, October 26, 2015.

"Older survivors of child sex abuse tread long hard road in search of redress", Australia, The Guardian, Shalailah Medhora, October 26, 2015.

Simon Cole was nearly 40 years old when he read a newspaper article noting the conviction of the man who he alleges abused him as a child. For a decade prior, he had been slowly piecing together the effect that the childhood abuse had had on his mental health.

"More older Aussies calling abuse helpline", Australia, 9 News AAP, October 26, 2015.

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) …  based on an analysis of 5000 calls to ASCA's 1300 professional support line, reveals abuse survivors aged between 40-69 are still the most common age group to seek support for past abuse. …

"'I'm both a bishop, but also a survivor': Anglican church leader reveals he was groomed and sexually abused by senior clergymen as a teenager", Newcastle, NSW, Daily Mail, Leith Huffadine, October 26, 2015.

"I was abused by clergy: Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson tells of abuse as 19-year-old", Newcastle, NSW, Sydney Morning Herald, Joanne McCarthy, October 26, 2015.

Anglican bishop Greg Thompson has spoken about being groomed by an Anglican bishop and senior clergyman in the 1970s and later sexually abused, after an historic diocese apology on Sunday for the "shameful" treatment of abuse survivors in the past. …

"Newcastle community urged to work together in fallout from child sexual abuse revelations", Newcastle, NSW, ABC News, Robert Virtue, October 26, 2015.

"Bishop leading charge against child sexual abuse admits he too was a victim", Newcastle, NSW, ABC News, Aaron Kearney, October 26, 2015.

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. …

"Newcastle Anglican priests speak out about their own childhood abuse, as Synod agrees on formal apology", NSW, ABC News, October 26, 2015.

"Commission's hands and tongues are tied", Australia, The Pickering Post, Larry Pickering, October 23, 2015.

"Survivor of alleged elite paedophile ring including former prime minister speaks out [w/ video]”, Sydney, news.com.au, Liz Burke, October 23, 2015.

"Political elite were part of paedophile ring, alleged victim Fiona Barnett claims", Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald, Rachel Browne, October 23, 2015.

"Victim of alleged paedophile ring claims she was abused at parties attended by political elite [w/ video]", Sydney, The Daily Telegraph, October 23, 2015.

The victim of an alleged child sex trafficking network claims she was prostituted at dozens of paedophile parties, which were attended by political elite at Canberra’s Parliament House. … Ms Barnett, 45, said she had reported the allegations to multiple health professionals, NSW Police in 2008 and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2013. “My experiences were horrific beyond words ... but the way I’ve been treated for reporting the crimes I witnessed and experienced has been far worse than my original abuse experiences,” she said. …

"Prestigious school in spotlight at royal commission[audio report]”, ABC – PM, Tom Nightingale, October 22, 2015.

"Royal Commission: Child abuse allegedly covered up by Geelong Grammar for decades[audio report]”, VIC, ABC - The World Today, Jessica Longbottom, October 22, 2015.

"New investigation called for into Wollongong priest abuse allegations", NSW, ABC News, Nick McLaren, October 22, 2015.

An organisation supporting victims of child sex abuse has called for a full investigation into an alleged incident involving abuse of a primary schoolboy by a Wollongong priest in the 1980's. … Nicky Davis from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says a more thorough investigation is needed. "The police have not proceeded to a full investigation of this matter," she said. Ms Davis has also disputed the church's claim their investigation was independent. "The church's internal investigations are being conducted by people who are being paid by the church," she said.   

"Synod Briefs", Rome, The Irish Catholic, October 22, 2015.

Catholics who are too angry, disillusioned or afraid to return to the Church because of clerical sexual abuse need very special care, according to an observer attending the Synod of Bishops.  Maria Harries, a member of Australia’s Truth, Justice, Healing Council said in an interview that abuse by clergy has led to a crisis of faith and a loss of trust in the Church’s moral authority. …

"TJH Council: Days of Church investigating itself ‘must end’", Australia, The Record, October 22, 2015.

The days of the Church in Australia conducting its own investigations into child ¬sexual abuse “must be over”, according to the Chief Executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan. …

"Catholic brother to stand trial on 218 child sexual abuse offences", NSW, ABC News, October 21, 2015.

"Liberal senator Bill Heffernan says former prime minister a suspected paedophile [w/ video]", ACT, The Age,  Jane Lee, Ooctober 21, 2015.

"Bill Heffernan 'paedophile list' allegation: former royal commissioner James Wood hits back [w/ video]", ACT, Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Lee and Latika Bourke, October 21, 2015.

"Abuse survivors demand pedophile action [w/ video]”, ACT, Sky News, October 21, 2015.

"Malcolm Turnbull urged to investigation former prime minister paedophile claims by sex abuse survivors", ACT, news.com.au, October 21, 2015.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure to launch an investigation into elite paedophile rings in Australia, after allegations surfaced of a former prime minister on a police list of suspected paedophiles. … Nicky Davis, the leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) urged the Mr Turnbull to act, saying the government should immediately announce a thorough investigation of elite paedophile rings in Australia, similar to one already underway in the UK. …

"Senator Bill Heffernan claims he has a police list which names 28 people, including a former prime minister, as suspected paedophiles", ACT, news.com.au, AAP, October 20, 2015.

Liberal senator Bill Heffernan claims he has a police list which names 28 prominent people, including a former prime minister, as suspected paedophiles. …

"Abuse inquiry ‘should investigate former PM for pedophilia’", ACT, The Australian, Sarah Martin, October 20, 2015.

"Anglican priest Campbell Brown found dead", QLD, Newcastle Herald, Joanne McCarthy October 20, 2015.

… He died two days after former Grafton Bishop Keith Slater was defrocked for failing to act when allegations against Reverend Brown and fellow Newcastle clergyman Allan Kitchingman were raised with the Anglican Church in 2005. …

"Anglican priest discovered dead in home", NSW, The Morning Bulletin, Chris Calcino, October 20, 2015.

… Reverend Campbell Brown was awaiting and internal church professional standards hearing when his body was discovered in his Hunter Valley home on Sunday. …

"Bishop calls for reflection after priest's death", NSW, ABC News, October 20, 2015.

A suspected paedophile Anglican priest has been found dead in his Hunter home while awaiting a hearing into child sex abuse allegations. …

"Pell to be at 'confronting' abuse inquiry", VIC, NT News AAP, October 20, 2015.

… The month-long hearings will begin on November 24 in Melbourne and Cardinal Pell is expected to give evidence during the sitting's final week, which will be from December 14 to 18, the royal commission said on Tuesday. …

"Court hears Catholic teen molested by priest at Wollongong school", NSW, ABC News, Nick McLaren, October 19, 2015.

"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.


Welcome to SNAPAustralia.org 
( Created by and for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy )


We  invite clergy abuse victims, family members of victims, and supporters  of victims to be involved and to join SNAP.
Joining SNAP is free and completely confidential. We never sell nor share our membership list with anyone.
We are also looking for survivors to start SNAP chapters.  Chapter leaders must be able to conduct a monthly self-help support group meeting in their local area and promote the missions of SNAP.

Contact Mark Fabbro,  
Barbara Dorris, or 
Steven Spaner
for details.

Catholic Whistleblowers

Est. May 24, 2013

About Catholic Whistleblowers

List of Catholic Whistleblowers

This site is all about the TRUTH
...and there is plenty of it, so
We try very hard to always update and post items on this web site, with complete integrity.

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.

This web site is a place to find information about our SNAP support meetings in your local area, plus we are constantly updating news stories and information about clergy who have been publicly accused of sex abuse within the Australian dioceses.  Our goal is survivor support, public education, and protection of kids.

We also plan to post survivor video stories. Sometimes it helps to listen to these stories to better understand the trauma and life pain of  those who have been harmed by clergy and those who are related to these survivors: family and friends.

We post on this site many links to other self help groups and information to support victims. SNAP leaders' email addresses and phone numbers are posted for you when you need direct help and support, please feel free to contact any of these compassionate people who care about survivors.  SNAP leaders know that the principle wish of every survivor is healing and the desire to see that their experiences never happen to another child, young person, or vulnerable adult.

You, who are survivors of sex abuse did NOT deserve this, did NOT ask for this to happen to you, and it was NOT your fault. There is healing when you are able to speak up and get this burden off your shoulders, and free from your heart. ... give it to the universe to carry for a while.... Just maybe, your life will be much more at peace.

Our ultimate goal is to open up the secrets, stop the silence, support those who have already been harmed, and thereby protect children.

Thank you for making the decision to visit our SNAPAustralia.org web site.

"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.
Tell John of your appreciation, just click on John's name above.


This web site is managed and maintained by Steven Spaner, SNAP Australia Coordinator and SNAPAustralia.org webmaster.
Send corrections, additions, and private comments by clicking on webmaster's name.
Please put in the subject line: Attn. SNAPAustralia.org Webmaster