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SMH – Royal Commission witness testimony

Paul Hersbach kept his composure until the end. He, like all the 351 victims of child sexual abuse who have lodged claims to the Catholic Church’s Melbourne Response, had been forced to tell their stories to strangers before. The first time he spoke about his abuse in detail, it was to two people at Carelink, […]

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ABC Compass – Code of Silence

Follows the twin journeys of a fervently Orthodox Jewish father and his now-secular son, after the son breaks the code of silence in Melbourne’s Orthodox community and goes public with his story of being sexually abused as a student. Read more here.

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ABC Four Corners – In the Name of the Law

They were sexually abused by the clergy and then found themselves targeted by the Church’s lawyers. Why did it happen and who was responsible for the strategy? This week on Four Corners, reporter Quentin McDermott reveals the systematic way the Catholic Church sought to conceal the sexual abuse of children, using lawyers to minimise the […]

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The Age – The price of batteling paedophilia

Former teacher Graeme Sleeman lost his career, health and financial security when he took a stand against a sexually abusive priest in Doveton. GRAEME Sleeman knew Peter Searson was trouble even before Searson arrived as parish priest of Doveton in 1984. Searson liked to dress in military fatigues, often carried a revolver, and had a […]

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SMH – An unbearable secret

As a child and young man, Tony Hersbach was regularly sexually abused by a Catholic priest. He told no one for more than 20 years, and when he finally revealed all to the church hierarchy, it did nothing. TONY Hersbach was 42 when he told his wife that the man who married them and played […]

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