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Adelaide archbishop found guilty of sex abuse cover-up

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide

ADELAIDE Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of concealing child sex abuse in a case that dates back to the 1970s. Appearing in Newcastle Local Court on May 22, magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict following a magistrate-only trial, finding Archbishop Wilson, 67, guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person between April 22, 2004 and ... Read More »

Warning signs that can show you he’s an abuser

concerned woman

WHEN we started dating, I thought he was the perfect gentleman. He would open doors for me, take me on picnics and buy me flowers. It wasn’t until six months into the relationship when his controlling and manipulative tendencies surfaced. I’m fortunate I got out before things became too serious. Others haven’t been so fortunate – like a friend of ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese reigniting campaign to end domestic and family violence

domestic violence

DOMESTIC violence workers are dealing with a significant increase in distressed women and children, including those involved in high-risk cases, as awareness campaigns continue across south-east Queensland. Centacare, the Catholic Church’s social services arm, has reported increases in the number of women who have reached out for help, matching the observations of police. “This is a problem that is everywhere. ... Read More »

Young people want their violent fathers to make amends, new study finds

abusive fathers

CHILDREN of fathers who use violence want their dads to understand the significant impact that it has on their lives. A new study by a University of Melbourne researcher Dr Katie Lamb has led to children recording their stories, so they can be replayed to their fathers to get the message through. Dr Lamb (pictured), a criminologist and now a ... Read More »

Catholic author to launch first book inspired by abusive history

Michaela Daphne

EMOTIONAL abuse survivor Michaela Daphne has released the first book in a series aimed at showing women “the signs of a bad relationship”. Purlieu is the first instalment of the Hidden Grove series, a fantasy thriller inspired by Ms Daphne’s experience of being in an abusive relationship for 12 months. Ms Daphne was 18 when she started a relationship with ... Read More »

Departing CEO of council overseeing Church’s engagement with royal commission wants laity, not bishops, to run new implementation body

Francis Sullivan

THE chief executive officer of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council has a blunt, final message to Australia’s Catholic leaders following completion of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse: “There needs to be reform, renewal and refreshment in the Church”. As the council’s chief executive officer since 2013, Francis Sullivan is compiling a final report to be handed to ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s final report urges major changes to child safety across Australia

Justice Peter McClellan delivers Royal Commission final report to Peter Cosgrove

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommends prioritising child safety across the nation, including strengthening national and state laws, changing the culture within churches and organisations and providing for compensation and treatment for abuse survivors. The Commission’s final report was released today, comprising 409 recommendations. Of those, 189 recommendations had not been made until today’s 17-volume ... Read More »

Impossible not to share the anger of survivors, Commissioner Peter McLellan says at final sitting

AFTER five years of inquiry, Justice Peter McClellan has delivered his final sitting address at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – describing the extent of abuse as a national tragedy, and warning that children are still being sexually assaulted. “For many sexual abuse is a trauma they can never escape, it can affect every aspect ... Read More »

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