Royal commission into child abuse: Victim ‘living a nightmare’ after sexual abuse by Christian Brothers

ABC News

By Rebecca Trigger and Courtney Bembridge

A man has described being “consumed by guilt and shame” as a result of savage abuse he suffered at church-run institutions north-east of Perth.

The man, known only as VV, was giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sex Abuse in Perth on Tuesday.

“When I look back on my life I’m consumed by guilt and shame and a sense of betrayal, denial and abandonment,” he said.

“I have an overwhelming sense of helplessness, hopelessness and my inability to change my past and of complete desperation, knowing that my future would always be tainted by the past.

“I’m tired and weary from always wearing a mask, of portraying a false sense to the outside world, of bearing this guilt and shame regarding my past while living a nightmare of inner turmoil every single day of my life”.

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