Australia: Details of Catholic child abuse start to emerge
BROTHERS from the St John of God order fabricated a sex assault allegation about one of their own child abuse victims in a bid to discredit him, confidential legal settlement documents allege.
Another brother from the order was the subject of at least seven abuse allegations between 1975 and the 1990s and was reported to officials in Rome – but not to police or his victims’ families, according to the records of settlement negotiations sighted by Fairfax Media.
The claims were made during secret legal negotiations in 2001 that eventually resulted in the order’s Victorian abuse victims receiving some $3.6 million in compensation.
The documents raise questions about why no brother from the order has ever faced court for abusing children in Victoria and about the order’s failure to act on the abuse.