Researching Reform

It’s one of the very last Mondays of 2013, and so we will be ending the year with some more thoughtful questions and conundrums for you, this one being about victims of child sexual abuse by religious and state-led organisations.

In the news today, is the story of child abuse victims in Australia, who have decided to turn to the courts, despite a large pay out by The Church (some $43 million), for child sexual abuse compensation. It seems that these victims want a direct apology, not just cash sums to ease the awful truths they now live with.

The victims allege that the pay outs were more like pay offs, designed to mitigate public damage which may have affected the church rather than address victims’ needs.

Another source of outrage was the opening statement by the lawyer for the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council who quoted a passage…

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