The Law

The Egregious Failures of Victoria Police

Victoria Police, the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat and the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse The Catholic Church and its bishops have been subjected to a lot of deserved criticism by the Royal Commission, the media, abuse victims and others for their failures to deal with the sexual abuse of children by many of their priests, particularly over the decades from the 1960s to the 1990s. Victoria Police has largely escaped criticism, though it made similar failures during this same period. At the first public session of the commission in August 2015, it said that, as well as religious institutions,…

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