Abuse survivor’s court win against church

Australian Associated Press via Yahoo News

September 30, 2020

By Georgie Moore

A Victorian sexual abuse survivor has become the first Australian to successfully overturn a “terrible” settlement with the Catholic Church.

The man now plans to sue the church for his horrific abuse at the hands of now-dead Warragul priest Daniel Hourigan between 1977 and 1980.

Victoria’s Supreme Court has set aside what it labelled the inadequate $32,500 settlement from the church in 1996.

The survivor, who cannot be identified, wants to use his long-fought victory to encourage others to “step forward and hold the church to account”.

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