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Tens of thousands of children abused by Catholic Church priests

Father Peter Searson abused kids over 35 years

Child sex abuse survivors are demanding justice when the Royal Commission into paedophile priests hands down its findings after five years of harrowing testimonies.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held a final sitting in Sydney on Thursday to mark the end of a $500 million investigation.

Speaking on the final hearing day, Royal Commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan said the abuse of tens of thousands of children was a national tragedy.

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'There must be changes in the culture, structure and governance practices of many institutions,' he said.

The inquiry, launched by former prime minister Julia Gillard in 2012, has heard about the most vile abuse committed against children by Catholic Church priests.

The perpetrators included Melbourne priest Father Peter Searson, who showed a corpse in a coffin to children, sexually abused children, engaged in animal cruelty and held a knife to a girl's chest during his 35 years teaching children in South Australia and Victoria.

But the paedophile with yellowing, long fingernails was far from being the only predator.

There was also Father Gerard Risdale, based at Ballarat in western Victoria.

He was convicted of 79 child abuse and indecent assault charges against children for offences committed from the 1960s to the 1980s at St Alipius Primary School, a boys' boarding school.

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Many survivors travelled to the sitting in Sydney to express their gratitude to Justice McClellan and his team for their 'courageous' work in exposing abuse in some of the nation's best known charitable, religious and educational institutions.

Outside the commission, Joan Isaacs, who was one of the first people to give evidence against the Catholic church, praised its work.

'Not only did we have a voice but we have been heard and believed. Many, for the first time in their lives,' she told reporters on Thursday.

'The job of the commission is done, but the journey is not over.'

'These recommendations must be implemented in their entirety and done so as soon as possible,' she said.

'To be able to change the future, we have to know the truth of the past.

'We have to accept it, we have to take responsibility for it, we have to move forward.'

Ray Leary, a child victim of the infamous Dolly Dunn paedophile ring, said the time for tears was over.

'I would like to let everyone know it is your time now, the royal commission is done, if you want to speak, come forward everyone is listening now,' he told reporters.

'No more tears for us, we are survivors and we are going to get it out there and we are going to be dealt with.'

Sandra Beaton called on the government to withdraw the part of its planned redress scheme that excluded victims who'd been to prison from receiving compensation.

'Why did they go to jail in the first place? Because of the treatment that they had as children - it has a big bearing on their adult life.'

Helen Dawson said the commission's recommendations must be supported by every state and territory.

'We expect Australia's politicians to step up for bipartisan and unanimous support,' she said.

Ms Isaacs also paused to remember the victims whose 'endless torture' led them to find peace the only way they could, by taking their own lives.

'The true number of these victims will never be known and this breaks my heart,' she said.

The royal commission's final report will be handed to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Friday before being tabled in parliament, and then released to the public.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Tens of thousands of children abused in national shame as five-year $500 million Royal Commission sits for the final time Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press 14 December 2017

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Australia's royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse heard from more than 1,200 witnesses in 8,000 private sessions and 444 days of public hearings over more than four years. These audio clips from survivors giving evidence to the commission barely scratch the surface of the physical and emotional distress caused by adults in positions of authority, but they indicate some of the central themes. You can explore this story further in a Guardian Australia podcast, The Reckoning. For a list of support services please visit the royal commission website here

The Reckoning: survivors' stories Miles MartignoniAndy Ball and Melissa Davey 

Survivors of sexual abuse and victim advocates rallied in Westchester Wednesday in support of the Child Victims Act.
Dozens of people gathered outside of state Sen. Terrence Murphy's office in Yorktown, calling on him to support the Child Victims Act.
The current law does not allow victims of child sexual abuse to sue predators after they turn 23. If the new bill passes, victims will be able to report crimes until they are 28 years old.
The state Assembly passed the Child Victims Act this year, but some are concerned that there is not enough support in the Senate to get it through.
In a statement, Sen. Murphy said in part, "To the victims of sexual abuse: We support you. The prior bill had its issues and we are going to fight to lengthen the statute of limitations to protect all New Yorkers."

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A prominent sexual abuse survivor is resigning his membership of Pope Francis’ child protection commission. 
Peter Saunders, who had taken a leave of absence from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors early last year, is planning to announce he is stepping down from the body at the end of this week in frustration at the slow pace of reform. His departure means there are no longer any abuse survivors on the safeguarding body.
I’m disappointed that the commission didn’t do what I thought it was set up to achieve,” he told The Tablet. “And there is still a huge amount of work that needs to be done.” 

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The British founder and former Chief Executive of NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) is due to be in Rome on Friday (15 December) where he will inform Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the president of the commission of his decision. Mr Saunders was appointed to the commission in December 2014 for a three year term of office which expires on Sunday.
While the commission reports directly to the Pope, it is an advisory body whose brief is to make recommendations and it does not comment on ongoing abuse cases
Saunders, however, had always wanted the body to take a more proactive role. He excoriated Australian Cardinal George Pell’s handling of abuse cases 

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and sharply criticised Francis’s decision to appoint Bishop Juan Barros to lead the Diocese of Osorno in Chile. Bishop Barros had been accused of covering up the abuse offences of Fr Fernando Karadima

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There was a bit of a misunderstanding about the commission’s role,” Saunders admits. “But I thought the Pope was serious about kicking backsides and holding people to account. I believe the Church deserves better on this.”  
He went on: “I sat down with the Pope for half an hour before I joined the group. He was genuine and he was emotional as I talked. He listened when I said we need to sort our Church out.” Saunders said he later asked the Pope to visit “his commission” in October 2015, something which Francis eventually did almost two years later. 
In February 2016 tensions came to a head when the commission announced it had “decided” that Saunders should take a leave of absence from the group, although he later said he disputed the move.  
Mr Saunders’ resignation follows that of the other abuse victim, Irish laywoman Marie Collins, who stepped down earlier this year complaining about a lack of co-operation from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican body which is a clearing house for cases of priests accused of abuse

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There is now talk of restructuring so that victims of abuse will no longer be members of the commission, but have their own panel.
While Francis has faced criticism for the way he has handled the abuse crisis, when he met with his safeguarding body in September he admitted the Church had been slow to deal with the scandal of paedophile priest and pledged never to pardon priests found guilt of abuse.  
The Pope has also accepted all of the commission’s recommendations including the setting up of a tribunal to judge bishops who mishandle cases: this has, however, struggled to get off the ground. More recently the members have argued Francis should review the use of “pontifical secret” imposed on the Church’s internal legal handling of abuse matters meaning everything is handled in strict confidentiality. The safeguarding body argue there are limits to confidentiality given the requirement of bishops - based in countries where there is a functioning criminal justice system - to report abuse to civic authorities. 
Meanwhile, Saunders stressed his departure from the commission does not mean he is disappearing into the shadows. The campaigner is in talks to set up a new body that will hold the Church to account in its handling of abuse cases. He also intends to be in Chile when the Pope travels there next month, raising awareness about Karadima’s victims and the behaviour of Bishop Barros. 


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