Survivors Australia Inaugural Clergy Abuse Conference
Peter Saunders quoted in local newspaper 04/10/10
Care Leavers Association News Bulletin October 2010
Celebrating 20 years with Body Shop Foundation 20/05/10
The Pope's Visit 05/05/10
The Archbishop's Apology : 23rd April 2010
Supreme Court Ruling: 21st April 2010
Peter Saunders condemns parents who accepted cash from son's abuser 16/03/10
Precious Film 29/01/10
Peter Saunders recently attended the Survivors Australia Inaugural Clergy Abuse Conference and found it to be a very enlightening and worthwhile trip.
CHURCH SEX ABUSE VICTIMS URGED TO BE MORE MILITANT
A prominent anti-clerical abuse advocate says Australia is decades behind the United States when it comes to dealing with the victims of sexual abuse.
Reverend Tom Doyle, a Catholic priest who is also a vocal critic of the Church, says Australian abuse victims should become more militant in taking on the Church through the courts and in the media. Reverend Doyle was in Sydney to attend Australia's first convention for the survivors of clergy abuse, which begins today.
"The bottom line with all of this is the horrendous spectacle of little boys and girls being raped and molested by Catholic priests - and members of other denominations - and getting away with it because their superiors, the leaders of those denominations, didn't favour the victims - they favoured the perpetrators," he said.
Reverend Doyle made his name when he warned the Catholic Church about the looming sexual abuse problem more than two decades ago. Since then, he has become an advocate for many of the victims. For more information on the conference click here.
Victims of Surbiton paedophile Roger Lunn, who was not jailed, encouraged to speak out. Peter Saunders gave his opinion to Kingston Guardian.
New CLA Staff
CLA announce new additions to the staff team: David Graham joined as our National Director (replacing Victoria Hull, who left at the end of June). David has over 15 years experience working in the health and social care field and was previously Assistant Director at Big Life Centres in Manchester's Project Worker and Deputy Director. Clare has extensive knowledge of the issues facing young people in care and leaving care. She previously worked for A National Voice. Clare will develop work with young people leaving care and young care leavers aged 18 and over. Darren Coyne also joins as Networking Project Worker. Darren has extensive experience within community development work focussing on increasing the participation of various communities in society. Darren will focus on developing our local networks of care leavers, including our "Keep In Touch" events. All three join Vicky Halliwell who, as Office Manager, ensures the smooth operation of all projects. Individuals can be contacted via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and by telephone 0161 236 198.
Peter Saunders writes in the Human Rights section of Body Shop Foundation's site celebrating 20 years of association between the two organisations.
As you know the Pope is visiting Britain in September. What's this got to do with NAPAC? Answer: Over the years we have heard from lots of people who suffered child abuse at the hands of Catholic (and other) clergy.
I was brought up as a Roman Catholic and I remain a Christian. However, in common with many other Catholics and former Catholics, I have some concerns about this visit and about the appalling record the Roman Catholic Church has in terms of addressing child abuse. Whatever the provisions now in place to make the Church a "safe"place for children and vulnerable people, the past has seen some pretty appalling cover-ups. Worse still, we know that not that long ago abusing priests were moved from one place to another following allegations of abuse. My heart goes out to the millions of good Catholics around the world who must be feeling terribly let down by their leaders but that is nothing compared to the pain I feel for the millions of people around the world who suffered abuse. They have to live with that everyday and for the rest of their lives.
I do not mind the Pope coming to my country but given all that has happened I hope he is prepared to meet with survivors of abuse. And I don't mean a carefully stage-managed event where those people are not allowed to speak to him in private. He needs to hear some home truths. If he is genuine, indeed I would say if he is a Christian, then he will meet survivors and demonstrate by his subsequent actions that he takes this matter seriously.
There is a pressure group formed which opposes the visit and I do have some sympathy for their actions. Indeed, much of what they say is legitimate and sound. I know some of them personally and I want to work alongside them, not necessarily to prevent the Pope's visit but to ensure that it is a productive visit and not just one big photo-opportunity or publicity stunt.
The opportunity to converse with the head of a Congregation numbering a billion is not one that we at NAPAC want to pass up. Not because we want to hob-nob with "The Pope" but because we want to give him the opportunity to put into action the many words that have poured forth from the Vatican and some Catholic dioceses over past months.
To us, words are important, but without action they become hollow and meaningless. The action we would like to see includes the Church divesting itself of some of its assets and turning them into resources to help survivors. I am not talking about personal payouts necessarily, though many survivors deserve as much, but I would like to see the Catholic Church (and other religious institutions) turn their words into action. It is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle! Watch this space!
5th May 2010
Was the Archbishop's apology enough?
Here's the reaction from Pete Saunders, NAPAC CEO:
Should child abusers be given the right to appeal to have their names removed from the Sex Offenders Register?
Here's the reaction from Pete Saunders, NAPAC CEO:
Peter Saunders expresses outrage at parents who accepted money from Gerard Raffell instead of reporting him to the police for abusing their son. Saunders interviewed on Gabby Logan's BBC Radio 5 Live show.
The film 'Precious' directed by Lee Daniels and based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire has been released at selected cinemas across the UK.
Set in 1987, the film deals with issues of severe abuse and neglect. It has been suggested that cinemas showing this very powerful film provide some kind of support for patrons affected by what they see in the film. We are pleased to announce that Premier PR online and Icon Film Distribution showed their support to NAPAC and provided us with a trailer for the movie.