Sexual abuse survivor Darryl Smith to share his story at the Vatican


December 29, 2018

By Adele Redmond

A survivor of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church will share his story at the Vatican.

Dunedin man Darryl Smith will meet with Catholic bishops, and potentially Pope Francis, during a global summit on clergy sexual abuse in Rome in February.

Smith claims he was first abused as a 6-year-old at Christchurch’s Marylands School, a Catholic institution for children with learning difficulties, in 1971.

“The Pope has stated publicly that he wants the bishops to meet the survivors,” Smith said on Saturday.

“The trick is to talk about the other survivors of Marylands and get some help with them too.”

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