Call for fund for victims of church sex abuse

ABC News

By Jacqui Peake

Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy are calling for the church to be opened up to compensation claims.

A number of Ballarat victims, from the group known as The Survivors, are making submissions to the hearing of the Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into institutional abuse.

Keith Whelan was abused when he was a schoolboy and has told the hearing the church coerced him into signing a deed which prevents him from seeking compensation.

“The Towards Healing process was more about the church being seen to be doing something than healing for victims,” he said.

“I want support and funds to start my own business. We need ongoing medical and counselling support.”

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