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Catholic Church has ‘no understanding about trauma and sexual abuse’ – victim

Witnesses at the Abuse in Care Royal Commission have recounted gruelling memories of being abused while in the care of churches.

During the week and next week, the Commission is hearing from 25 survivors.

The witnesses have agreed to go public with their stories of abuse and how they sought redress from churches.

The focus during the week has been on the Catholic Church. Next week it is the turn of the Anglican Church and the Salvation Army.

Anne Hill, 58, was sexually abused by a priest between the ages of four and 12.

She said her abuse revolved around a pattern common to many survivors.

A vulnerable family in need of ministry would, if you like, become a target and while ministering he was also abusing children in the family.

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