By Dan Cox
An Anglican Church abuse survivor has told a royal commission’s hearings in Newcastle his back was cut while he was raped to symbolise Christ’s blood.
Abuse within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle is being examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Public hearings in the city are expected to go for two weeks and will focus on the experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as potential paedophile networks.
It will look at the past and present systems, policies and practices within the Newcastle diocese for responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
Counsel assisting the commission Naomi Sharp said the hearings would also investigate St John’s College at Morpeth.
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