‘Betrayal of Trust’

Betrayal of trust
‘Betrayal of Trust’ is the title of the report released this week in Australia as a result of a parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations.  The report is the first of several inquiries into child sexual abuse in Australia, by a Victorian Parliamentary Committee.

“Children were betrayed by trusted figures in organisations of high standing and suffered unimaginable harm,”

“Parents of these children experienced a betrayal beyond comprehension. And the community was betrayed by the failure of organisations to protect children in their care.”

The report’s criticism of the Catholic church is unsparing. Its recommendations are radical. If adopted they would strip the Catholic church of its virtual immunity in the courts and compel religious leaders of all faiths to report child abuse to the police.

The Guardian 13/11/13

Their 678-page report, Betrayal of Trust, paints a picture of a powerful institution riddled with abuse and determined to handle both abusers and victims as far as possible without interference from the state. Nothing like it has been published before in this country.

Its conclusions are plain and devastating: “No representative of the Catholic church directly reported the criminal conduct of its members to the police. The committee found that there is simply no justification for this position.”

The church is condemned in the report for sidelining the courts as well as the police. The committee expressed “great concern” at the church’s use of highly technical legal strategies to prevent victims taking their cases to court.

The Guardian 14/11/13

The Metropolitan Police’s paedophile unit is currently investigating the abuse of children in schools run by the Salesian Catholic order as part of Operation Torva.   Anyone who wants to contact the police about Operation Torva should dial 101.  Anyone who would prefer to call somebody other than the police can contact the Lantern Project on 0151 630 6956 or NAPAC on 0800 085 3330.

An open letter to MPs calling for the Department of Education to order a public inquiry into child safeguarding failures in the Roman Catholic church and church of England, and for the inquiry to make recommendations for improvements, can be found at stopchurchchildabuse.co.uk


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3 responses to “‘Betrayal of Trust’

  1. Trouble is.. Police do nothing if you report abuse anyway. Then the Social Workers say the Police investigated, and call any protective parent a lier, and take the kids away.. often, to place them in the care of the abuser.

    So, I’m in two minds as to whether it is the best thing to do to report to the Police. Plus, of course, it means you are now on file as suspect No.1 if the alleged abuser just happens to get murdered by somebody.

  2. I watched and listened very carefully a couple of times to the above video, I was so touched, distraught even by what I heard I had to sleep on it before attempting to dare make comment. Mentally or emotionally ill as this young man may be the pain of what he perceives as an impenetrable barrier to his truth, has him so emotionally crippled, his pain and outrage make him sound almost incoherent (thought not to me….I get it…I get it loud and clear actually)…Having been a lifelong activist I have yet to decide what I can do next to help others like this young man to reach a manageable if not peaceful space…On a separate note no matter how harrowing, I personally know it’s worth fighting for truth and justice against the odds….On Monday I received notification that I had been awarded one of the greatest out of, trial or tribunal settlements known as a past victim of Quarrier’s Homes atrocities. It’s taken some fifty years plus to have the facts of the matter and truth to be force fed to the deaf, blind and inhuman brigade. This is a victory not just for me…for all my dead and lost friends whom I’ve carried in my heart for a lifetime, my voice was their voice, we can now go in peace….That said I still have work to do hopefully I can reach out and still touch the hearts and minds of the injured…alternatively I make great pot of organic soup….

  3. scoobuss

    i am glad that the NGO’s have have been brought into this as i have been hampered by them also as an adult trying to get justice.

    here are some audio recordings and a video link to get you closer to the problems here in scotland.