Apology by Catholic Church ‘shallow’

An apology from the Catholic Church to abuse survivors has been slammed as shallow and only intended to satisfy the general public.

Cardinal John Dew made the apology, the first formal apology to victims, at the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care yesterday on behalf of the bishops and congregational leaders in New Zealand.

He said the church could offer no excuses for the actions that caused harm, and the abuse was perpetrated by people, such as priests, brothers and sisters and lay people that victims should have been able to trust.

Published in Otago Daily Times

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Media release: Hon Chris Hipkins – Government acknowledges release of Royal Commission interim report

Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for the Public Service

An interim report by the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care, released today, is a deeply moving record of the State’s past failings in looking after citizens in its care, Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins says.

“I welcome this interim report, and I acknowledge the courage and determination of survivors who relived their painful experiences with the Royal Commission,” Chris Hipkins said.

To view or download the report, see this post.

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Pānui – Release of Interim Report

Today (17 December 2020) the Government is releasing Tāwharautia: Pūrongo o te Wā – the Interim report of the Abuse in Care Royal Commission. We are pleased to provide you with a pdf version of the report in advance of the 3pm public release, at which time it will be published on our website, www.abuseincare.org.nz in various formats including an html version.

The report is authored by the Commissioners, and its presentation to the Government by (or before) 28 December 2020 is a requirement of the terms of reference of the Royal Commission.

Download Volume 1 (PDF)
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Reliving abuse at Dilworth: ‘I was conditioned not to say anything’

Historical abuse suffered at the hands of some fellow students and staff at Dilworth School have been outlined to the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care.

Neil Harding, who is 55, went to the Anglican boarding school in Auckland in 1977.

A number of men are before the courts charged with indecent assault relating to historical abuse at the school.

Published in Radio New Zealand

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Former Christ’s College student recounts fearing for life during sexual assault

A former Christ’s College student sexually assaulted and abused by other students in the 1970s says it was “systematic deliberate abuse” designed to shame him.

Jim Goodwin attended the Christchurch school as a boarder from 1970 to 1974 and told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in Auckland on Monday about the assault by other students that left him fearing for his life.

Published in Stuff

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Abuse in Care Inquiry: ‘I was ashamed and felt totally trapped’

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

GRAPHIC CONTENT: A man has presented a harrowing testimony of being terrified as a boy for every day of school through two years, at the Abuse in Care inquiry.

Known only as John, the 52 year said he was sexually abused 40 years ago at the Marist-run Xavier Intermediate School in Christchurch, between 1980 and 1982, by principal Brother Giles.

Published in Stuff

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Catholic Church has ‘no understanding about trauma and sexual abuse’ – victim

Witnesses at the Abuse in Care Royal Commission have recounted gruelling memories of being abused while in the care of churches.

During the week and next week, the Commission is hearing from 25 survivors.

The witnesses have agreed to go public with their stories of abuse and how they sought redress from churches.

The focus during the week has been on the Catholic Church. Next week it is the turn of the Anglican Church and the Salvation Army.

Published in Radio New Zealand

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Abused as a boy, man calls for independent investigation

A man who suffered horrific sexual abuse at two Dunedin schools says an independent body should be established to investigate church abuse cases.

The man, named only as Marc, presented his evidence to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care via video conference from Australia yesterday.

He outlined how, between the ages of 10 and 14, he was raped, sexually assaulted, and physically abused by two Christian Brothers, a priest, and a lay teacher, at St Edmund’s Intermediate School and St Paul’s High School.

The abuse took place in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Published in Otago Daily Times

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Catholic Church abuse survivors describe ‘horrific’ experiences, trauma to Royal Commission

Catholic Church abuse survivors describe ‘horrific’ experiences, trauma to Royal Commission

Survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergymen have spoken of their shame, trauma and the struggle to get redress from New Zealand church leaders.

The first of 25 witnesses told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care that after making a complaint, she was offered money rather than a meaningful apology – which she rejected.

Published in News Hub

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Upper Hutt sexual abuse victim says abuser was quietly moved to South Island school

A former Catholic boarding school student who was abused by senior staff says one of them was quietly moved to another school in the South Island without being punished.

Patrick Cleary died in July, aged 82, before he could give his statement to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into State Abuse. His daughter Tina Cleary gave a statement on his behalf today.

Published in NZ Herald

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Abuse victim tells Royal Commission ‘boys at boarding schools are at risk’

A man abused while at a Catholic boarding school in the early 1950s says he is not convinced the church’s approach to dealing with abuse has changed at all.

The 81-year old Mr F did not tell anyone of the abuse he suffered for 49-years.

On Tuesday he gave evidence to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.

Published in Radio New Zealand

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Abuse hearing: Catholic Church told sexual abuse victim that abuse was not criminal, offered him $5000

A former Catholic boarding school student who was abused by a priest says the Catholic Church repeatedly tried to minimise his abuse and deny that it was criminal offending.

The former student, now aged 81, was sexually abused by Father Fred Durning in 1953 when he was a 13-year-old student at St Patrick’s College in Silverstream, Upper Hutt.

Using the pseudonym Mr F, he recounted his abuse before a royal commission of inquiry in Auckland this morning, which is holding hearings on abuse in the care of faith-based institutions.

Published in NZ Herald

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