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The charging of George Pell with historical sexual abuse offences sends a powerful message not only to survivors of child sexual abuse but to the whole of society. It upholds that no one is above the law, no matter how high their office, qualifications, or standing.
As well as the impacts of the abuse itself, countless survivors of child sexual abuse have struggled with the silence and disbelief of society that adults and respected public figures can be perpetrators of the criminal act of sexual abuse of children. The charging of George Pell is an enormously important step for community awareness which has been hard fought for and which cannot now be lost.
While the charges have yet to be tested in court, the act of the laying of them is enormously important at both practical and symbolic levels. We at the Blue Knot Foundation are sorry that Anthony Foster - who died a short time ago and who was a tireless advocate for accountability of the Catholic Church  for the sexual abuse crimes of which his own children were victim - did not live to see this day.

Dr Pam Stavropoulos, Head of Research, Blue Knot Foundation (for Cathy Kezelman)


# John
Wednesday, 5 July 2017 11:37 AM
This is an important article. Thank you for publishing it.
Emma Sollo
# Emma Sollo
Saturday, 12 August 2017 1:50 PM
Thank you for this article. I memory was triggered only in February about my abuse at the hands of 2 Catholic Priests. My experience to date has been traumatic. I can not imagine how difficult it would have been for any survivor at the hands of George Pell to have come forward. Justice will be served. Thank you for acknowledging this...

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

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