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Domestic harm calls for major cultural shift

Woman in abuse

ADDRESSING deficits within Catholic culture has been a consistent message from Church leaders following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Church leaders have said cultural change was needed so neglect in pastoral care when responding to vulnerable victims was not repeated. While domestic violence is outside ... Read More »

States weigh up cash compensation for victims of child sexual abuse

francis sullivan

AUSTRALIAN state governments are under pressure to support a new national scheme to compensate victims of child sexual abuse with payments of up to $150,000. The scheme, announced by the Federal Government on November 4, has the potential to benefit tens of thousands of people who have suffered institutional child ... Read More »

First two days of Cardinal Pell’s testimony

Cardinal Pell testifies

CARDINAL George Pell has told the child abuse royal commission the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of child sexual abuse by priests and religious. Cardinal Pell, whose heart condition prevented him from returning to Australia for questioning, testified via videolink from a Rome ... Read More »

Academy Awards shine brighter Spotlight on sexual abuse

SOON after Spotlight was announced the winner of best picture at the Academy Awards, the Vatican newspaper praised the film for its portrayal of The Boston Globe’s investigation into clerical sex abuse in the United States. Accepting the major award film producer Michael Sugar said Spotlight amplified the voice of the survivors. ... Read More »

Big step in the right direction

By Michael Crutcher MONICA Applewhite was removing her shoes at an airport security station when she had a thought about changing community attitudes towards sexual abuse. “Twenty years ago, no one was walking with bare feet through an airport,” Dr Applewhite, an expert in abuse prevention and response, told a ... Read More »

Rockhampton’s ‘gentle listener’

Diocesan pastoral response coordinator

MELISSA Davey is deeply aware of the immense courage it takes for an abuse victim to pick up the phone and share their story. As the person receiving calls relating to complaints and allegations of abuse in the Rockhampton diocese, Ms Davey has learnt that the best way to respond ... Read More »

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