Group Considers Orphanage Abuse Lawsuit

ABC News [Australia]
August 24, 2004

A group of former residents of the Goodwood orphanage in South Australia want compensation from the Catholic church, alleging brutal and sadistic treatment more than three decades ago.

The group has sought legal advice and may launch a class action against the church.

Maggie Bray is a member of the group and says that although she was traumatised by her time at Goodwood, she considers herself luckier than others who required psychiatric treatment later in life.

"I was there 11 years," she said. "I was a lovely little, gentle girl and I left there a destroyed lady. That took years out of my life."

The Catholic church says it is having talks with the religious order that ran the orphanage so that it can make the most appropriate response to claimants when they come forward.

A spokesman for the Archbishop says the church is addressing people's concerns to the best of its ability.


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