Child sexual abuse inquiry hears from victim support groups

ABC News

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A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has been urged to question Catholic Church employees about the whereabouts of documents that might show sexual abuse being covered up.

The American-based founder of an international victims support group appeared before the inquiry on Monday.

Barbara Blaine of the ‘Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests’, told the inquiry the church uses many of the same tactics to conceal abuse in Australia as it does worldwide.

She says the inquiry will need to do more than request documents from the church to prove senior officials chose to ignore to paedophilia.

“Bring in the employees and former employees and ask them to swear under oath what documents exist,” she told the inquiry.

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