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Published on 29 May 2015: Speaking today at the final day of the current Ballarat Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse hearings, Bishop Paul Bird stated that a conviction of child abuse should be met with laicization.
Published on 28 May 2015: Convicted paedophile and defrocked priest Gerald Ridsdale again appeared by videolink before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today.
Published on 27 May 2015: Giving further evidence to the Royal Commission, Gerald Ridsdale admitted to abusing children in Ballarat East, Apollo Bay, Inglewood, Edenhope and Mortlake in the 1970s. He also said that a senior cleric knew about the offending in the 1970s and 80s.
Published on 27 May 2015: Serial paedophile Gerald Ridsdale appears today before the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat via videolink from prison following evidence from Ridsdale’s victims of horrendous sexual abuse, rape and indecent assault.
Published on 26 May 2015: The extent of naivety, denial or perhaps ‘wilful blindness’ amongst some members of the clergy in the Catholic Church was once again highlighted today, as the Ballarat hearings of the Royal Commission continued.
Published on 25 May 2015: A week into Royal Commission public hearings in Ballarat, a sexual abuse health expert gave compelling evidence on the pervasive effects of child sexual and psychological abuse on surivivors.
Published on 22 May 2015: The Royal Commission today heard testimony conceding that many settled claims for compensation made by survivors of abuse against the Christian Brothers were inadequate and "unjust" in today’s light.
Published on 22 May 2015: The National Union of Workers, who have been instrumental in exposing the slave-like conditions operating on some farms, is calling on people who may live close to these farms to join in the Fair Food Australia campaign.
Published on 21 May 2015: Survivors of clergy abuse in Ballarat have told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse compensation and support services are urgently needed to stop abuse survivors from committing suicide.
Published on 21 May 2015: Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers has just released a new series of videos that offer practical legal tips on institutional sexual and physical abuse, the Royal Commission, compensation, and what to do if you or someone you know has been abused.
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