Survivors call for new Government entity to hear allegations of institutional child abuse

Survivors call for new Government entity to hear allegations of institutional child abuse

John’s* life has been blighted by the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his Catholic school principal.

Forty years on, he is having to appeal to the Marist Brothers for redress, the very institution who employed the perpetrator.

John was shut out of the investigation before being offered a compensation figure he describes as insulting and an impersonal “computer-generated” apology letter.

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Research article: Evaluation of PartnerSPEAK

The findings of interviews with peer support workers address how the use of multiple instances of the intentional peer support model implemented by PartnerSPEAK has a mutual benefit for both peer workers and their clients. PartnerSPEAK provides advocacy and support for the non offending partner and family of a perpetrator of child sexual abuse and child exploitation material.

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Authors: Christian Jones, Delanie Woodlock, Michael Salter
Nov 2021

Research article: Living with and Healing from Complex Trauma

Trauma-informed peer support helps create a shared understanding of trauma experiences, the different ways people cope, give and receive support, and recover. It fosters healing relationships, which negate the power and control of traditional therapies.

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Authors:
Dr Cathy Kezelman AM President Blue Knot Foundation
Irene Gallagher Chief Executive Officer BEING – Mental Health Consumers
Peter Schmiedgen Policy Officer BEING – Mental Health Consumers
October 2021

Catholic church knew of previous complaint against teen-grooming priest

A priest convicted of grooming a teenage girl to send him nude photos was the subject of a previous complaint that was covered up by the Tongan Catholic Church.

The victim’s aunt and an abuse survivors’ group said it showed the church should have prevented Sosefo Sateki Raass’ offending.

The Tongan church gave Raass a good character reference before he moved to Auckland, where he was convicted in 2019 of indecent communication with a person under 16 and subsequently quit the priesthood.

But a complaint had been lodged about Raass in 2006, and the head of the Tongan church, Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi, admitted there were repeated rumours about Raass’ behaviour.

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Laptop with thousands of child exploitation images found on rubbish dump

Thousands of child exploitation images, including images of children as young as two being raped and tortured, were found on a laptop computer discarded at an apartment rubbish dump.

The computer was found by a member of the public at a central Christchurch address, who briefly checked it and saw what appeared to be images of naked underage boys.

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