Two more men have come forward to allege that they were abused by Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic official. This story is a reminder of the challenges that survivors face and is a call-to-action for us to address those challenges in order to create a culture that supports survivors instead of demonizing them when they bring claims forward.
The newest allegations against Cardinal George Pell – who is already serving time in prison after being convicted last year of sexually abusing two other boys – add more information and detail to this already high-profile case.
According to ABC News, one of the survivors, Bernie, was contacted by Victoria police in 2016, when he was about 49, and gave them a sworn statement. Now, for the first time, at age 53, he is telling his story to the public. The other survivor, Peter Clarke, was also contacted by the Victoria police in 2016 to aid in their investigation of the cardinal.
We applaud Bernie and Peter for sharing their stories with ABC News now, courageous acts that will hopefully help both of them along their own healing journey while potentially bringing other still-silent victims out of the woodwork.
For more information visit: https://www.snapnetwork.org/two_more_victims_allege_abuse_at_the_hands_of_cardinal_george_pell