Catholic Church Relies on ‘Secrecy and Resistance’ to Scare Sex Abuse Victims

Friday, February 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

Australia’s Catholic Church paid out $213 million to victims of sexual abuse by priests between 1980 and 2015, it has been revealed – although a lawyer investigating Catholic sexual abuse has told Sputnik the true compensation bill will be considerably higher, given the number of victims who have failed to come forward.

On average, victims who came forward with claims received US$70,000 (91,000 Australian dollars) each. Prosecuting barrister Gail Furness said the extent of the abuse was likely to be “much greater” than the claims made. Campaigners believe the true figure could be as high as 10,000.

“Many survivors face barriers which deter them from reporting abuse to authorities and the institution in which the abuse occurred,” Furness said.

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