Our children were sexually abused in Catholic Church care, now their lawyers are crushing our families
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Truth Healing Justice Council
Communications Officer, Catholic Church Australia
Irene Sutherland
Communications Director, Catholic Church Australia
Beth Doherty

Our children were sexually abused in Catholic Church care, now their lawyers are crushing our families

    1. peter mitchell
    2. Petition by

      peter mitchell


I can't imagine a worse nightmare for a parent. I still live it everyday.

My son, who is profoundly disabled, was sexually abused at the Catholic Church's St Ann's Special School.

For years they covered it up. They knew Brian Perkins, the man they employed as the school's bus driver was a convicted paedophile. Over five years, it led to more than 30 children being sexually abused, including my son. 

They didn't bother telling us parents until years later. 

Now, the Catholic Church have spent the last 12 years using their lawyers to avoid us – and our hope for some sense of justice.

When all the Church offered was an apology and a small "gift payment", a group of us parents decided to sue the Church. We hoped it may bring justice for our kids – and the desperately needed financial security for the counselling and care they’ll need for the rest of their lives. 

But while the Church make a big public song and dance of sounding sorry for their history of sexual abuse, away from the public spotlight they're still using lawyers to crush victims and families.

They're refusing to acknowledge what went on under their watch. Using their legal and financial power to push back on parents. It's meant we've been waiting 12 years, and we're not even close to getting to court.

I’m now 60 years old. I can't take this much longer. I think they’re waiting for people like me to die or just give up. 

The Royal Commission is coming to Adelaide in March to investigate what went on behind closed doors at St Ann’s. If the Church is serious about making amends, they’ll stop using legal tactics to put our case off, and settle this now.

This could all be fixed with one phone call from the Archbishop to his lawyers. So far he's clearly not done that. Can you please help show him that it's time to show they're really sorry for this devastating abuse – by making a settlement with us?

After 30 years, we just want justice - and some peace at last.

Recent signatures


    1. waiting for response

      peter mitchell
      Petition Organiser

      Following on from the Royal Commission into the failures of the Catholic Church at St.Ann's special school in Adelaide, our lawyer has written to Archbishop Wilson . We are now waiting for his response .Thanks again supporters , hopefully the Church may see their cruel & heartless ways are not helping anybody.

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures

      peter mitchell
      Petition Organiser

      A couple of small victories for us. Now the church lawyers do not require any more documents, Archbishop Philip Wilson has closed his facebook page as well his email account. Thanks supporters. Those supporters who have made friend requests, I have accepted your requests but the website won't confirm.

    4. Catholic church fails

      peter mitchell
      Petition Organiser

      Overwhelming response to have 87,000 supporters, fantastic . Wouldn't it be great to get 100,000 signatures before the Royal Commission comes to Adelaide on the 17th. March, to investigate the case against St. Ann's.

      Let it be known, that the Catholic Church & their lawyers, made a submission to the Royal Commission on the 21st. Feb., to be excused from giving evidence at the hearing on the 17th. March. Grateful that the Commission refused their request. Makes one wonder what else are they hiding. Thanks everybody who has signed .

    5. Reached 75,000 signatures
    6. overwhelming support

      peter mitchell
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks Australia, managed to get 16,000 supporters, I am overwhelmed with responses and comments, please share our story with friends, family & relatives the more signatures I get, the more Archbishop Wilson will have to take notice

    7. Reached 15,000 signatures



    Feb 18, 2014

    Catholic Church lawyers in Adelaide crushing families. Sign Peter's petition below & re-tweet please https://t.co/1CQ4G0xbnc

    Peter Fox

    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer McLeod AUSTRALIA
      • 2 days ago

      Evil has to be routed out of our religious organisations - they're the true devil. Sheltering them makes the Churches instruments of the devil

    • Anna MacDonald AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      The Catholic Church had a responsibility for these children, sending them off into the arms of abused, unknowingly or not, is either ignorant and naive to the extreme or very sinister.

      Give back to these people what you can, allow them something.

    • S. Carol Eaton PRINCETON, CANADA
      • 4 days ago

      I have a disabled daughter and I would want justice for HER should this happen to her. I have fought within the legal system for her in Canada, and I know how the lawyers for the other side always make it see as though it should just go away quitely and be done. It is NOT fair what this family, or their son is going through!

    • Phil Herd AUSTRALIA
      • 6 days ago

      The Catholic Church is always on about 'sin' but its doesn't pay for its own sins

      • 6 days ago

      I was bought up a Catholic and I abhor the way the church has dealt with all the abuse...not catholic anymore.


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