AUSTRALIA’S CHILD-ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION: is it worse than useless?
Sensational statistics from the Royal Commission:
“40 percent of St John of God brothers alleged child-abusers”
“4444 people victims of abuse by Church workers”
“7 percent of Catholic priests abusers…compared with 1 to 2 percent of Australia’s general male population”?
After 30 years in medical practice, seeing 150 patients per week, I feel able to comment.
The “1 to 2 percent” figure is wrong – a ludicrously, unbelievably low estimate.
Whoever said that has no idea how frighteningly common abuse is.
Most victims I’ve encountered would never have met a priest.
They’ve met mummy’s latest boyfriend, their uncle, big brother, sport coach and similar.
It’s obviously true that the Church has done a poor job of weeding out and dealing with abusers.
The rest of society has done worse — and still seems to be in denial.
Pretending it’s mainly a Church problem isn’t helping.