‘I can move on’: $1.5 million payout to St Alipius sex abuse survivor

St Alipius Gerald Ridsdale

Title: ‘I can move on’: $1.5 million payout to St Alipius sex abuse survivor
Author: Henrietta Cook & Chris Vedelago
Publisher: The Age
Date: 10APR2021

A Victorian man who was sexually abused by Australia’s most prolific paedophile priest has reached a $1.5 million settlement with the Catholic Church, one of the largest payouts of its kind.The now 58-year-old was abused by paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale as well as Christian Brothers teachers Gerald Leo Fitzgerald and Stephen Farrell while a student at St Alipius Boys’ School in Ballarat in the 1970s.

On Friday he reached a $1.5 million settlement, plus costs, with the Christian Brothers and Catholic diocese of Ballarat. He is among hundreds of survivors who have sought compensation in the wake of landmark legislation that allows victims to sue the church.

While the victim went on to have a successful career as the executive of a multinational company, he has always struggled to trust men and has no male friends.

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