attn @pontifex: calls grow for Royal Commission into Catholic Church #australia harrassment of victims of abuse


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tony —

So far more than 80,000 people have signed this petition asking the Catholic church to stop the 12 years of delays in helping victims of St Ann’s abuse pay for counselling their children now need. The campaign is taking off.

Peter Mitchell’s disabled son was sexually abused at St Ann’s Special School by a known paedophile. Now he and other parents say they’re being "crushed" by the Catholic Church’s lawyers for asking for justice.

Last week’s coverage in the Adelaide Advertiser, ABC’s Lateline is building pressure for the Church to listen, but Peter needs more signatures on his petition this week to help him win his campaign – will you add your name now? Here’s more information below:

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Our children were sexually abused in Catholic Church care, now their lawyers are crushing our families

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By peter mitchell
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I can’t imagine a worse nightmare for a parent. I still live it everyday.

My son, who is profoundly disabled, was sexually abused at the Catholic Church’s St Ann’s Special School.

For years they covered it up. They knew Brian Perkins, the man they employed as the school’s bus driver was a convicted paedophile. Over five years, it led to more than 30 children being sexually abused, including my son.

They didn’t bother telling us parents until years later.

Now, the Catholic Church have spent the last 12 years using their lawyers to avoid us – and our hope for some sense of justice.

When all the Church offered was an apology and a small "gift payment", a group of us parents decided to sue the Church. We hoped it may bring justice for our kids – and the desperately needed financial security for the counselling and care they’ll need for the rest of their lives.

But while the Church make a big public song and dance of sounding sorry for their history of sexual abuse, away from the public spotlight they’re still using lawyers to crush victims and families.

They’re refusing to acknowledge what went on under their watch. Using their legal and financial power to push back on parents. It’s meant we’ve been waiting 12 years, and we’re not even close to getting to court.

I’m now 60 years old. I can’t take this much longer. I think they’re waiting for people like me to die or just give up.

The Royal Commission is coming to Adelaide in March to investigate what went on behind closed doors at St Ann’s. If the Church is serious about making amends, they’ll stop using legal tactics to put our case off, and settle this now.

This could all be fixed with one phone call from the Archbishop to his lawyers. So far he’s clearly not done that. Can you please help show him that it’s time to show they’re really sorry for this devastating abuse – by making a settlement with us?

After 30 years, we just want justice – and some peace at last.

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