I must live with one of the most horrible nightmares a parent can endure.
I have a son who was sexually abused by the Catholic Church. My son, who is seriously disabled, was abused at St. Ann’s Special School.
There was a massive cover-up done by the charge that lasted years. The man hired as the school’s bus driver, Brian Perkins, was a convicted pedophile. In the five years that he worked for the school, over 30 children were abused. My son was one of his victims.
Even after the school learned of Mr. Perkins abuse, they did not inform parents until five years after.
Over the last twelve years, the Catholic Church has done all it could to avoid my family and the families of the other victims. That includes the use of powerful attorneys. All we want is justice, the same justice both the church and the lawyers claim to work for.
The school offered the parents a formal apology and a small amount of money to stay quiet. The parents decided to sue the school, hoping to see justice prevail. We also wanted help with the counseling and special care our children need throughout their lives.
The Catholic Church makes their disdain for pedophilia known throughout the public eye, but behind closed doors they behave differently. They use all of the legal leverage they have to keep stories like mine away from their doors.
There has been a lack of admittance of guilt, backed by big lawyers and bigger bank accounts. Twelve years later, my family has yet to see a court room.
At the time of this writing, I am sixty years old. I don’t have much left in my tank. I think the Church wants people like me to die so they can brush our stories under the rug.
In March of this year, the Royal Commission will make its way to Adelaide. They will investigate the claims of back-door activities at St. Ann’s. This trip will show us if the Church is serious about solving our issue or not. If they were, they’d stop hiding behind lawyers and make amends.
If the Archbishop called his lawyers, this could be all be resolved. Clearly he has yet to do that. My family is asking for your help to show how sorry the Church is for the abuse that occurred under their watch. Ask him to make a settlement with my family and the others like mine.
We’ve suffered for 30 years. All we want is peace of mind, and for justice to be served.