• Tue. Sep 20th, 2022

Royal Commission statement regarding abuse data released by Te Rōpū Tautoko, on behalf of the Catholic Church

We acknowledge the sobering data released today by Te Rōpū Tautoko, on behalf of the Catholic Church of Aotearoa, which shows the extent of abuse within the Catholic Church.

Our survey heard horrific experience after horrific experience of abuse inflicted by those within the church – the very people who are supposed to care for them.

We thank all survivors who have come forward to help us with our investigation.

The research is startling and the heartbreaking reality is that vulnerable and helpless children and adults are hiding behind these facts and figures.

The research notes that the records will not represent all abuses that have occurred in the custody of the Catholic Church. We know that there are significant barriers that prevent victims from reporting abuse.

Next week, abuse within the Catholic Church will be the focus of our public hearing at Marylands School in Christchurch. Survivors will share their experiences and the impacts of abuse by Catholic leaders as our investigation helps undo the severe damage done.

We will give survivors a platform to regain power and regain their mana. The Catholic Church and the state will be questioned about their role in the abuses that have occurred.

The public hearing will focus on abuses committed by religious brothers of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God in relation to three Catholic institutions in Christchurch. It includes Marylands School, Hebron Trust and St Joseph’s Orphanage (run by another Catholic institution).

The public hearing is part of the wider Royal Commission inquiry into abuses by the Catholic Church.

Attributed to Katherine Anderson, Counsel to the Royal Commission

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