Covering up Boy Buggering

The Victorian Police aren’t mincing words when it comes to the culture of cover up inside the Catholic Church:

The Catholic Church and other religious groups hide accusations of abuse rather than expose suspected offenders, Victoria Police says.

In its submission to the state government’s inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations, Victoria Police says victims of sexual crime are too often being talked out of reporting the matters to police, while the suspected offenders are sent elsewhere.

It is concerned the Catholic Church, instead of encouraging sex abuse victims to go to the police, is providing a financial incentive to keep the matter within church walls, the submission says.

But the Catholic Church says many victims want their experiences to remain private and do not want their complaint reported to police.

In the last 15 years more than 30 religious leaders have been convicted of child sexual offences in Victoria.

Police said they have found recurring issues in dealing with religious organisations, with victims discouraged from reporting sexual crimes and suspected offenders moved to a different diocese or sent overseas.

They said the Catholic Church’s “Melbourne Response” – set up to assist victims – appeared to be a substitute for criminal justice.

“It has not referred a single complaint to Victorian police,” the submission said.

It said the assessors were not trained or resourced to conduct criminal investigations, there was no transparency or external right of review and they may be providing inappropriate or wrong advice to victims, who are not legally represented during the process.

The victims are told that to obtain an ex gratia payment they must agree to discharge the church from further liability and not to discuss or disclose the facts and circumstances around their complaints at the risk of being sued by the church.

The submission said there was an underlying culture within the Catholic Church, and other religions, to hide accusations of abuse rather than exposing suspected offenders.

“It is in the opinion of Victoria Police that such deliberate action should be criminalised,” the submission said.

I agree with the Victoria Police and they should criminalise the cover-ups as conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Holding the bishops to account might see a very rapid change in the way they conduct matters.

  • Mitch82

    Threaten to take away their tax exemption, and they’ll turf all the offenders out, whether they’re suspected by the Police or not.

    • Lion_ess

      All the offenders – I suspect that wouldn’t leave many men in frocks to bullshit the flocks.

      • Mitch82

        Less people to split the bounty with, Lioness!

  • conwaycaptain

    They are about to lose tax exemption in Italy

  • Rodger T

    Yes, totally legit.

    • Lion_ess

      Just missing the pretty red shoes

    • P1LL

      LOL sad but true

  • Richard

    I would have thought that perverting the course of justice was already a crime…

  • Orange

    Well at least they’ve backed off burning protestants

  • johnboy

    Twas midnight in the crypt of St. Gyles
    When an ear piercing scream rent the aisles
    My goodness my gracious cried Father Ignatius
    Lord Bishop, take care of my piles.

  • kowtow

    The Victorian Police will be experts in cover ups.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.murphy.7712 Bob Murphy

    Of course Presbyrtarians are sqeaky clean! And the Victoria Police are the acme of non-corruption!

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