Reaping the whirlwind: Vatican II, child abuse and the Catholic Church in Australia.

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Abstract

On October 10, an inquiry into the extent of child abuse and its cover-up by the Catholic Church in Victoria opened with some startling figures. Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton (Victoria Police) told the inquiry that police now had complete figures on reported child sexual abuse cases linked with the Catholic Church since January 1956: 2110 offences against 519 victims, overwhelmingly perpetrated by Catholic priests and mostly against boys aged eleven or twelve. Not one of these crimes had been reported to the police by Church authorities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages75-79
Number of pages5
Volume56
No.12
Specialist publicationQuadrant
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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