Title: Sex abuse survivors lose archive as Facebook removes news from ‘life saving’ site
A survivor of clergy abuse who started a Facebook group to help other survivors says he is “devastated” by the social media giant’s decision to block Australian news.
- The group was started to share reporting on the Royal Commission
- The page owner estimates more than 2,000 articles were shared
- The articles trigger reporting of sexual abuse as victims recognise their abuser
Richie Scutt, who was sexually abused by an Anglican priest when he was 11 years old, started the Facebook group Survivors and Friends in 2016.
He said he started the group to share news reports on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and it became a lifeline for many.