Voiceless Victim

A survivor of clergy child sexual abuse speaks out for those who can't speak for themselves

Anything Less Than A Royal Commission Is Just Part of the Coverup

For far too long Australians have been happy to turn their backs on the untold suffering of thousands of victims of church-enabled sexual predators.

But ignoring the problem simply ensures it continues, and gives rapists the message that they have a right to destroy as many innocent lives as they can get their grubby hands on.

At what point do we decide that our children are important enough to have a right not to be raped?

And that victims have a right to recovery?

And that those who coverup and enable the rape of children, as well as those who rape children, must face the consequences of their criminal behaviour?

Because we have left these crimes unreported and covered up for decades, because churches have put their own reputations and assets before child safety and bullied victims into silence, there is an urgent need for strong action, informed by the findings of a Royal Commission into church crimes against children.

Abuse of power, exploitation of the vulnerable, conspiracy of silence, punishing victims and whistleblowers swiftly and viciously while forgiving and even enabling the real criminals have all become institutionalised while your backs were turned and your heads buried in the sand.

Nothing can stop these crimes except to rip away the cloak of secrecy which hides the dark heart of powerful religious institutions. Institutions which serve only to enrich and empower the greedy and to prey upon the powerless.

Melbourne’s Archbishop Hart is claiming to be happy to co-operate with Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry. Which means he is certain it will indeed do nothing more than scratch the surface.

Church officials do not willingly give up their dirty secrets about this most despicable crime. Ever.

This has been proven time and again in country after country.

Claims to co-operate with police. Lies.

Claims to protect children. Lies.

Claims to help victims. Lies.

Claims not to be hiding and moving around rapists. Lies.

Claims to have learned from the past and to have changed. Lies.

Claims to co-operate with judicial inquiries. Lies.

They even have a policy encouraging priests and bishops to lie to authorities. It is called mental reservation.

I can understand that Archbishop Hart desperately wants this inquiry not to get to the bottom of his church’s web of deceit and criminality.

Because in the US right now, the historic first trial of a senior church official for covering up and enabling child rape is setting a worrying precedent.

Worrying for every Australian Bishop and Provincial.

For far too long, widespread, serious crimes by arrogant and entitled religious rapists and those callous cowards who coverup for them have gone unnoticed, unpunished and unchecked.

The parliamentary committee tasked with investigating these crimes has a huge job before it, its workload is already full and indeed overburdened, and the ridiculously tight timeframe means it can do little more than regurgitate church PR spin, leaving no ability to hear the real truth from the only people able to tell it – the victims.

No wonder Denis Hart is smug in his lies, confident that victims like myself, whose personal experiences directly disprove his gloating claims to be doing the right thing, will never have a chance to be heard.

Australian children deserve nothing less than a Royal Commission.

Or must another generation of innocents be sacrificed on the altar of undeserved church privilege and sanctimonious lawlessness?


5 responses to “Anything Less Than A Royal Commission Is Just Part of the Coverup

  1. JohnB May 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Why the Victorian (Australia) State Government Parliamentary Inquiry Will and Must Fail

    A parliamentary inquiry cannot be deemed independent due to:
    a) government complicity in the crimes
    b) investigating politicians are not and can not ever be secular due to a belief in the god of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

    Independence for this inquiry would mean that those investigating these crimes should not be a part of the government (due to its involvement in the crimes) or religious (Jewish, Christian, Muslim or other religion due to involvement in the crimes).

    Therefore a parliamentary inquiry will never find on behalf of the victims as it can never consider the possibility that there is no god and that therefore the catholic church is fraud. It can and will never be able to consider the church as a deluded psychological abusive criminal cult with dominionist and sexual obsessions that is capable of stealing and selling children, blackmailing and abusing women and children, bullying and intimidating itself into a position of power and authority in all aspects of the state and society nor can it ever recommend the suspension of any activity of religion regardless of the extent of the atrocities presented to the inquiry.

    A believing parliamentarian cannot even consider the possibility that religion can be wrong let alone give consideration from the perspective of there being no god while any of its members believe in the in-errancy, infallibility or beliefs of their own religion. Such a body should never be called to investigate crimes carried out by religion and by government.

    A true independent can only come from those who have no belief in the god of the religions under review and preferably they were not subjected to religion in their childhood.

    The parliamentary inquiry can not be considered to be secular in any manner what-so- ever. The parliamentary inquiry will never be capable of finding against the the beliefs of a religion of member of the inquiry therefore the inquiry can never determine the truth nor can it find in favor of those survivors and victims who have no belief in the god or the religion of those inquiring.

    Under such a circumstance the findings of the inquiry can be determined before it concludes that it will find in favor of the abusers.

    • voicelessvictim July 25, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Thanks John for those very interesting, little heard points.

      I agree there is little chance of the truth being revealed to the extent you outline for the reasons you give. But imagine what a just and compassionate and mentally healthy society we would have if this were to be acknowledged and dealt with!

      I would be happy if the full truth just about the child sex crimes committed by church personnel is revealed, and appropriate action taken.

      We still have a lot of work to do before that is achieved.

      But while church leaders and apologists are working for their own self interest, career advancement and personal enrichment, those standing up to their web of lies are doing so to protect innocent children and because we cannot endure to stand by and let them continue to commit such atrocities. They must know in their heart of hearts that what they are doing (those that are not complete psychopaths) is the very definition of evil, and this must surely weaken them.


  2. Helen Dawson July 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Congratulations on your succinct summary of the current situation in Victoria.
    The smug complacency of the people with a superiority complex in government is a thick slab of slimy vaseline over every word they utter.
    There is a petition online at Change.Org calling for a Royal Commission into Child Abuse in Australia. Please sign it if you can.

  3. voicelessvictim July 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks Helen.

    I have signed the petition and encourage everyone horrified by callous endangerment of defenceless children to also sign.



  4. maryelizabethrutledge October 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

    The above petition seemed to have closed. Is that right?

    We need a Royal Commission.

    All people who suffered at the hands of governments or clergy need to be given a voice. My concern with the current Parliamentary inquiry is that it is ill equipped to deal with the magnitude of sexual abuse cases perpetrated against children with religious and other organisations. I understand the volume of submissions received by the inquiry from people impacted by abuse is great. . . .how will the committee choose what individuals get to present at the inquiry? I have requested to speak at the inquiry, not only for myself, but also for my brother who took his own life in 1993.

    The current inquiry cannot just be another inquiry that is tokenistic in nature; whereby the seriousness of the issues at hand peter out the minds of politicians and the broader community.

    A Royal Commission is the only choice.


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