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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.
 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.

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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)

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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




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"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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( 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 Nicky DavisMark Fabbro,  
Barbara Dorris, or 
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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

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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 past, he has stood outside the Washington, DC Vatican embassy nearly every day for 16 years. His lonely vigil has made him a hero to victims of sexual abuse. Tell John of your appreciation, just click on John's name above.


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