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Child abusers should be stripped of priesthood - Bishop Child abusers should be stripped of priesthood - Bishop

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.

No recollection of being prevented from contact with children – paedophile priest No recollection of being prevented from contact with children – paedophile priest

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.

Ridsdale says senior Ballarat cleric knew of his offending Ridsdale says senior Ballarat cleric knew of his offending

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.

Convicted paedophile Gerald Ridsdale appears before Royal Commission in Ballarat Convicted paedophile Gerald Ridsdale appears before Royal Commission in Ballarat

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.

McInerney “did not know” Ridsdale was a paedophile, despite character reference McInerney “did not know” Ridsdale was a paedophile, despite character reference

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.

“There is no medicine that will cure trauma” – sexual abuse health expert “There is no medicine that will cure trauma” – sexual abuse health expert

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.

Christian Brothers reviewing “unjust” abuse settlements Christian Brothers reviewing “unjust” abuse settlements

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.

NUW calls for local help with fair food campaign NUW calls for local help with fair food campaign

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.

Ballarat abuse survivors call for urgent redress at Royal Commission Ballarat abuse survivors call for urgent redress at Royal Commission

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.

New video series offers practical advice about institutional and sexual abuse, and the law New video series offers practical advice about institutional and sexual abuse, and the law

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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