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Petitioning Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark and 4 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Victorian Attorney-General
Robert Clark
Archbishop of Melbourne
Dennis Hart
Apostolic Nuncio
Giuseppe Lazzarotto
Minister for Community Services
Mary Wooldridge
Premier of Victoria
Ted Baillieu

Victorian Attorney-General: Launch an inquiry into clergy sexual assault and Church abuse of victims

Victims of sexual assault by clergy continue to receive unjust and inhumane treatment from Catholic Church responses across Victoria:

      Noreen was sexually molested and raped as a private hospital patient by its priest chaplain. Her basic needs for safety, care and support have been ignored by the Archbishop and his Melbourne Response, causing her continuing serious trauma.

       Maxwell is 70 and cannot read or write. He was 11 when he was molested and raped repeatedly by his priest ‘carer’ in a Victorian orphanage. Telling the Church only recently, he was offered $5000 and a written apology. He refused this, and suffers daily from his lifelong trauma.

      Father Kevin Dillon of Saint Mary's Parish Geelong, who has long supported victims, says, “Keeping people alive is the priority!”

The church hides its harmful behaviour. No church records are available for scrutiny, hiding the breadth of victims’ suffering, the neglect that they endure and the extent of related suicides. Thirty-four men are known to have suicided as a result of sexual assaults by two separate clergy. Families continue to be torn apart.

When victims report sexual offenders to the church and not the police, the Church conducts a private process and does not report any complaints to the police. and offenders remain in the priesthood and religious life, and may re-offend.

These private church processes must come under police, government and public scrutiny. Justice Cummins has already made a recommendation, a whole of government inquiry cannot wait.  

We speak for the Melbourne Victims’ Collective, survivors throughout Victoria, priests of integrity from Victorian parishes, parish members, concerned families, supporting professionals and members of the wider community.  

This injustice and harm must stop! 

Stand with us and help call for an urgently needed inquiry. 


Letter to
Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark
Archbishop of Melbourne Dennis Hart
Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Lazzarotto
and 2 others
Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge
Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark

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Stop clergy sexual assault and Church abuse of victims

Victims of sexual assault and abuse continue to receive unjust and inhumane treatment from Catholic Church responses across Victoria:

Noreen Birch was sexually molested and raped as a private hospital patient by its priest chaplain. Her basic needs for safety, care and support have been ignored by the Archbishop and his Melbourne Response, causing her continuing serious trauma.

Maxwell Brown is 70 and cannot read or write. He was 11 when he was molested and raped repeatedly by his priest ‘carer’ in a Victorian orphanage. Telling Towards Healing only recently, he was offered $5000 and a written apology. He refused this. He continues to suffer daily from this lifelong trauma.

Father Kevin Dillon of Saint Mary's Parish Geelong, who has long supported victims, says, “Keeping people alive is the priority!”

The church hides its harmful behaviour. No church records are available for scrutiny, hiding the breadth of victims’ suffering, the neglect that they endure and the extent of related suicides. Thirty-four men are known to have suicided as a result of sexual assaults by two separate clergy. Families continue to be torn apart.

When victims report sexual offenders to the church and not the police, the Church conducts a private process and does not report any complaints to the police. and offenders remain in the priesthood and religious life, and may re-offend.

These private church processes must come under police, government and public scrutiny. A whole of government inquiry cannot wait.

Justice Cummins recommended (28 February, 2012) that government Inquiry action is needed:

Crime is a public, not a private, matter... A formal investigation should be conducted into the processes by which religious organisations respond to the criminal abuse of children by religious personnel within their organisations. (Rec 48, p. 356)

Say “we are with you” to the Melbourne Victims’ Collective, survivors throughout Victoria, priests of integrity from Victorian parishes, parish members, concerned families, supporting professionals and members of the wide community.

The injustice and harm must not continue! Please sign our petition.

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Sincerely,