The inability of a child to thrive in a Constitutionally protected God based perpetual threat and rape culture is not a fault of the child; however it does become their odious responsibility upon reaching adulthood. The Christian religion at it's core is a toxic mechanism whereby intergenerational trauma has been kept alive, active and deeply embedded in each new generation over the past 2,000+ years.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, reporting in 2017, revealed extensive and severe child sexual abuse across numerous religious institutions, predominantly within the Catholic Church. The Commission heard cases of abuse across 964 Catholic institutions, including churches, religious schools, and children's homes. The victims, typically between the ages of 10 and 14, endured not only sexual abuse, including rape, but also physical punishments, humiliation, and neglect. The Commission found that the abuse lasted, on average, 2.4 years and 3.7 years in residential settings.
Children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, part of Australia's 'Stolen Generations', were substantially over-represented among the victims. This abuse compounded their experience of cultural colonization, where they were forcibly removed from their families and communities, and their culture was disparaged.
Senior clergy and congregational communities were often aware of this problem but responded with ignorance, denial, minimisation, and inertia. The Church's response was framed in terms of the spiritual shortcomings of the perpetrators, rather than as a crime with traumatic effects on the abused children. The mandatory reporting of allegations to the police was only instituted by the Catholic Church in Australia in 2010.
Despite the critical role of whistleblowers in exposing malpractice, Australia's whistleblower laws have been ineffective in providing necessary protections. The Human Rights Law Centre's report, "Cost of Courage: Fixing Australia’s Whistleblower Protections," highlights the lack of successful decisions for whistleblowers under primary federal public or private sector laws. Whistleblowers often face retaliation within their workplaces, including lawsuits and criminal prosecution.
The Australian parliament has been urged to reform public and private sector whistleblowing law and establish a whistleblower protection authority. Recent developments have shown the critical importance of aligning Australian whistleblower protection laws with world standards. The Australian National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has also supported wider-ranging whistleblower protection reforms, including the consideration of an independent whistleblower protection commission.
However, the current protections are often controversial in reality, depending on whose interests are affected. The Public Interest Disclosure Act has proven inadequate, as illustrated by cases where whistleblowers faced legal battles and the law failed to protect them.
The failure to adequately address clergy abuse in Australia and the ineffectiveness of whistleblower protections have significant societal implications. These shortcomings undermine trust in institutions and the legal system, perpetuate a culture of silence and impunity, and exacerbate the trauma experienced by abuse survivors. Reforming whistleblower laws and establishing effective protection mechanisms are crucial steps towards upholding justice and accountability in these critical areas.
The following provide comprehensive insights into the scale of clergy abuse in Australia and the challenges faced by whistleblowers in the country.
Child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia. CRIN.
New evidence proves Australia’s whistleblower laws are failing.Human Rights Law Centre.
How and why Australian whistleblowing laws need an overhaul: new report. Transparency International Australia (TIA).
Recent findings in Spain found that 0.6% of the population of Spain had been sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests and laity.
Current world population is 8 billion - 0.6% = 48 million possibly raped by Catholics globally.
"This is a matter for the church and I respect the internal judgements of the church. I don't stand outside the church and provide them with public lectures in terms of how they should behave. I've noted carefully what his Holiness has said in the United States. Obviously that was a source of great comfort and healing in the United States. I'm like all Australians very much looking forward to what the Pope has to say here in Australia as well, as I am to my own conversation with the Pope later this morning." Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, 17 July 2008. more
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absolute precision in every aspect; however time and the evidence will show that I am closer to the truth than
any religion has been or will likely be.
Let history be the standard by which that is measured.
Youtube - listen to Commissioner Bob
Atkinson get it wrong - again
The Commissioner informs us that the clergy sexual abuse issue was all over and that it had only been a small statistical glitch around the year 2000. History shows this to have been a display of absolute ignorance on the issue ...
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