Why the continuous failures in justice for Australian victims and survivors of Catholic clerical child sexual abuse?

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Abstract

This brief comment explores the significance of a number of current lawsuits brought against Catholic Church leaders in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, in the context of enduring failures of justice for Australian victims of Catholic clerical child sexual abuse. It examines the obstacles to criminal and civil justice that have prevented Church superiors from being held to account for child sexual abuse perpetrated in Catholic institutions, and explains the responsibility of Australian governments, courts and the Catholic Church to further justice for survivors in this context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-250
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Issues in Criminal Justice
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Catholic clerical abuse
  • child sexual abuse
  • litigation
  • historical child abuse
  • Ballarat
  • Australia
  • Pell
  • Mulkearns

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