Salvos knowingly promoted abuser: report


THE Salvation Army failed in its response to numerous allegations made against its officers, a royal commission report into child sexual abuse has found.

THE report, released on Monday, found several allegations submitted to high-ranking members of the Salvation Army had not been investigated, while others had been mishandled and victims were left in the dark.

In one case, an officer rose through the ranks of the army despite admitting to abusing an eight-year-old girl.

The victim’s mother previously told the commission she was “in disbelief” when Salvation Army officer Colin Haggar visited her in 1989 and said: “It wasn’t that serious, I only fingered her.”

Haggar admitted the abuse and was dismissed, but rejoined the army three years later and was promoted.

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